Comment 55687

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted January 11, 2011 at 14:21:10

Before we start passing around shovels and digging at Balsam, does anyone have any idea how councilors are reacting to this proposal? I ask because I was under the impression that there was a significant chunk of council who were already on rocky terms with Mayor Bob. If that's the case, I would expect that an email at 5.45am informing them of a deal before they've ever had a chance to debate or vote on it, would not go over particularly well.

Compounding this (in my view) breach of democratic process, how will other councilors feel about committing the entire Future Fund to build a less-than-optimal home for a perennial corporate welfare recipient? How many councilors can feel good about this Bob-to-Bob gift of $115M, especially if comes at the expense of a viable Velodrome?

But most disgusting of all is the thought of what we give up in order to placate the millionaire who seems to run the show in this town: the opportunity to clean up toxic land, and the possibility of making an investment in our own community at a time when poverty & joblessness have chipped away at its foundations.

In my view, this latest corporate welfare plan is not just an unsound investment, and a perversion of democracy, but it's also completely unethical. Hopefully tomorrow our representatives remember to whom they are accountable and rightfully shoot this plan down.

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