Comment 68704

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted August 30, 2011 at 15:03:05

Um, how are you going to decide that [someone's done something wrong], and on what grounds when you have almost two-thirds of people not voting in the first place?

Well, it's not an opinion thing: we have rules, procedures, guidelines, policies, instructions, and codes of conduct up the wazoo, but they are essentially ignored. My first choice would be to de-politicize the process and have internal checks and balances, but that so far has been a failure. Even the much anticipated Integrity Commissioner is guided by a code of conduct that is more wishful thinking than properly considered policy.

Let's be clear, at its most basic I don't disagree with what you're saying, Mr. SC--citizens meeting with elected officials can be very empowering. But only if you have a group of leaders with skin thick enough to take constructive criticism and who do not hold the electorate in contempt.

Unfortunately though, thus far, not yet a year into this council term, we have a Mayor who is vying with Gadaffi for "Most Unyielding Bunker Mentality" because he simply cannot handle tough questions. What do we do about a character like that, and what do we do when they don't want to engage with citizens and media (unless they are friendly and handpicked)?

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