Just what did I talk about at public input?

There has been some criticism from councilors and from the media about the frequency of certain commenters at public input. As I have noted, I ALWAYS talk about things concerning our city. I don’t talk about state government unless it has to do with city business and I don’t talk about Federal Government. I don’t even talk about my blog or personal things like community art shows. If I was trying to get ‘publicity’ wouldn’t I be talking about different things at public input besides city business, I don’t. I attend public input not only to address my concerns with city government, but the concerns of many citizens in this community who either don’t have the time to attend city council meetings or are to shy to comment. I read the minutes of the 26 meetings I spoke at, these are the topics I covered. I sometimes address several topics during the 5 minute period I am afforded. As you can see EVERY SINGLE TOPIC has to do with city government. No carrying on about personal government subsidies or how no one listens to me. Some say you can contact your city council outside of public input. I do, I also blog about a lot of stuff that I never address at public input. I will say this though, a majority of the council WILL not respond to emails or phone calls. Sometimes city employees/directors won’t either. That is why public input is important, it is a time to address concerns, in public and on the record. This is how you get results.

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2 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 06.19.18 at 5:02 pm

Councilors are trying to shift attention to you. They’re under public pressure. Being a councilor is more than keeping the chair warm. They’re paid and subject to criticism. You’re voluntary. They should dutifully hear you out and decide whether your input merits action. Quelling your comments violates state and federal constitutional law.

#2 D@ily Spin on 06.19.18 at 5:11 pm

It’s an ethics hearing if councilors will not respond to emails, phone calls, public comment, or if they are absent. They shouldn’t have run for office if they can’t properly serve. Their vote is 1 of 8. They cannot set policy or condemn citizens. We, the people, must be respected as they expect us to respect them.

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