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Not Their Finest Hour

Last night's council meeting was a tad embarrassing to watch: a mayor all puffed up and indignant because another council member called him out on the irony of his taking sides at this too-late point in the process; a council member, looking like a deer in the headlights, trying to find a way to appear to be impartial; another stuttering his way through a procedure he clearly could not understand; the mayor again forcefully gaveling his "aye" vote without bothering to count the "nay" votes.  Even watching it with the sound off, one could see, thankfully, that two members displayed appropriate dignity. Some solace.
David Eichar August 13, 2013 at 06:24 PM
One council member, who is also the current president of the Chamber of Commerce, admitted to the City Attorney that he did indeed vote in favor of the Chamber opposing the initiative. Then he went on to say he thought he could be impartial, and thus, did not have to recuse himself from voting to put a argument against the initiative on the ballot. The right thing to do, and probably the legal thing to do, would be to either recuse himself, or abstain.
darryl ponicsan August 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Okay, so I'm not taking back anything I said about last night, but tonight at the farmer's market, gathering signatures to ban leaf blowers, I sat first with one and then another of the council members whose feet I held to the fire. Drank some wine and argued. Was reminded of the Buddhist teaching that everyone is seeking happiness in his own way. Told them essentially what I said here, and they took it. They're just men like me, wanting to live in a community that's good for everyone. Still don't agree with them on most things but managed to connect person to person. God, I wish we could do that without the Byzantine traps of city politics. As much as I may be frustrated with these guys, I do not want to dislike them.
bob edwards August 15, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Darryl - It's perfectly OK to Like them, stay friends with them and still vote against them when they run for re-election. They will tell you that they really like you and respect your opinion, while still making sure your have a leaf-blower in your ear because "they are only doing what they think is right." You can tell them the same thing. As the mafiosi say when they break your knees, "Hey, it's nothin' personal, its just business."
Larry Barnett August 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Darryl: Here's a link to the column I wrote in 2010 on the gas-leaf-blower topic...FYI. www.barnettweekly.com/?p=338

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