At the last City Council meeting on Tuesday not only did the City Council not get to the Council Referral items they didn’t get through the entire agenda either.
Between now and the election there are only two more regular City Council meetings, I’m kinda hoping that the City Council keeps up its inability to get through an entire agenda and these Council Referrals keep getting kicked down the road. I wonder what the protocol is for a Council Referral to be heard if the Councilperson is no longer on the City Council…
Anyway the inability for Trish Spencer to move business along during these City Council meetings is inexcusable. I mean all you Trish Spencer defenders told the rest of us to just give her time to find her footing, but seriously, it’s been almost 22 months now, how long is this learning period going to last for.
There have now been six meetings, that’s how many meetings those first two Council Referrals have been deferred, where not all the City Council business has been dispensed with in the given amount of time. Something is structurally wrong with how this City Council is operating and the blame lies with the person purportedly running the meeting: the Mayor.
Here are all the Referrals that still have to be heard. Particularly ironic is the one about a priority setting work session.
I imagine that the one from Frank Matarrese about policies and procedures regarding Alameda’s homeless population had to do with the visibility of the issues at the Beltline parcel, but that’s been somewhat addressed by now three months after Frank Matarrese had wanted to have the City Council tackle the issue.
The only positive thing to say about this Council Referral process is that at least these do not require that City Staff spend a lot of time to create agenda items for like they had to when it was a free-for-all with regard to City Council members attempting to agendize every pet issue.