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Points on landscaping, marijuana

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From page A8 | December 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

I’ve got two points.

First, the landscaping problem around the city. Once again the City Council screwed up. Remember the old City Manager Kevin O’Rourke? He wanted to “save money” so he phased out the landscaping department in public works and the city contracted out the work. The City Council OK’d his asinine plan. Well, how did that work out for us?

He is gone and we probably have tens of thousands of dollars of repairable costs. I don’t ever remember any problems when the city employees did the work. Well, I guess that new tax money will come in handy, eh?

Second, why do Solano County and city councils oppose the marijuana law that is on the books? Are they stupid or what? Don’t say that the crime rate will skyrocket or that you don’t have the manpower to handle a few calls. You people can’t even handle your own local calls. I have been to the dispensary and it is well-run with no “lowlifes” hanging around. Look around the other counties and even the states. Complete legal marijuana is coming. If it takes voting out a few bigots . . . so be it.

Reverting to “threats” by Vacaville Councilman Curtis Hunt is just plain wrong. That “little man” attitude has got to stop. Sure you can scare the older folks that eat up your garbage, but the younger generation will be heard. Of course we have our own problems with a retired “bully” cop on our City Council.

Chew on that for a while, my friends.

Brad Anderson

Fairfield

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  • The MisterDecember 16, 2013 - 6:35 am

    City Councils and the County Supervisors, Brad, are little busy-body bullies who we've given the power to take our money and property and control over our businesses and what we do at home... ultimately under the force of violence. Short of an armed takeover, you can research Michael Warnken on Youtube; he's a local guy who has put together great training on "Representation". At the City level, the solution is MORE councilmembers (I hear what you're thinking, but watch the video) and districts for each councilmember. I'm sure any current councilmember would tell you that they represent ALL of the residents of the city... but truth be told, if he represents ALL of the residents, then he represents NONE of the residents. Under Michael Warnken's plan, one councilmember will represent about 2000 residents. At that ratio, you will have one-on-one access to your councilmember. And with so many more councilmembers in total, two things will happen; 1) each will have much less overall power... meaning the busy-body bullies will have much less power, and 2) a lot less will actually get accomplished... meaning, the really important things that most new councilmembers vote for will get taken of and all the busy-body bully still will never get passed. Isn't that what you want out of your city "leaders"? Keep the infrastructure maintained and otherwise stay out of our lives? I'll certainly vote for that.

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  • rlw895December 16, 2013 - 9:36 pm

    TM: Some interesting observations about governance.

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  • MarkDecember 16, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    Brad, didn't Mraz, Moy & City Council pull the strings on contracting out the Landscape Department?

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  • Rick WoodDecember 16, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    Contracting out is fine if you don't care too much about the infrastructure being operated or maintained. It was a mistake to contract out all landscape maintenance. We should have kept more tree crews, for starters. If money is short, we should create a city-wide tree maintenance district.

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