On Tuesday night the Council agenda was delayed (of course) after the City Council fell all over itself to prove who was the biggest supporter of parks. Hint: all of them. After allowing public speakers during the parks discussion to go over the allotted time there were people in the audience that were naturally peeved that the agenda was nearly an hour over time.
Typically Trish Spencer loves to have young people in the audience and will gush over the existence of these folks. Not so on Tuesday night. While the group came up out of turn, I found it interesting that the solution that Trish Spencer decided to land on was to say that she would speak to them in the hallway and then told staff to turn off the microphone when the speaker was attempting to tell Trish Spencer that there were minors wanting to speak and that they had curfews and couldn’t stay out until the wee hours of the morning like a typical Council gadfly.
Later the same young lady spoke and even though earlier the Council was so permissive with public comment time for an agenda item about parks, there was a a bit of back and forth about whether this speaker — who had time ceded to her — was being given six or only four minutes to speak.
It is a shame that nearly every time this rent issue comes to the Council the public comment comes so late that most people have left by the time public comment has opened. Whether it’s by coincidence or by design, it’s something that this particular Mayor was so concerned about before she was elected to office, but somehow has managed to preside over late night meeting after late night meeting.
There were some truly heartbreaking public comment that you have to be pretty cold to not feel some sympathy for the speaker.