I was disappointed in the City Council’s vote on the project labor agreement as recommended by staff. I wanted a “no” vote.
I could live with a “yes” vote if I felt it was honestly arrived at. Instead, it seemed to be already decided without hearing any of the arguments. I also saw that opposition was treated with little respect. I heard a contemporary named and berated publicly for his opposition research. Another commenter opposing the PLA who was passing out fliers was spoken to with venom and hostility. Yet, a PLA supporter was not stopped or reprimanded for heckling one of the opposition speakers.
Is that the right way to treat opposition?
I have only been to a handful of council meetings recently and usually it was to protest something that was being done or considered. I suspected it was a done deal before I got there, and usually it was. We mere citizens are not really part of the decision-making process. What is the purpose of these meetings? Do we really get input? Or is the purpose to announce decisions they’ve already made? If so, then they should say “no comments necessary,” and quit wasting our time.
I voted for several council members to represent me because I thought they were capable of running our city. I didn’t vote for staff to represent me. Staff didn’t run for City Council. I don’t even know who staff is. Maybe they should raise their hands, and introduce themselves since they are making all or most of the decisions for our city. I’d also like to know how often council members make decisions independent of the recommendations of staff. Is it some of the time, or hardly ever?
This is the council’s show. They run it. The whole process is nothing but theater. We are allowed to add a few short comments in order to be part of the show.