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July 25, 2014

Petulance Is Not Leadership

by at 6:18 am.

I know I’m just getting to this and it’s Friday, and I haven’t blogged much lately, and everything I want to write will make me sound like a broken record…because we have that kind of City Council…but I wanted to highlight one of the many violations of logic that our Council seems hell bent on committing.

This past Tuesday, one agenda item - a vote from the CM’s portion of the agenda, ” Vote-Authorize School Dept proceed under MGL c.30B for the lease of property for School Administration Offices” - provoked a long commentary from Belanger that defied sanity. Never mind that he’s in direct conflict of interest on this matter, since he’s hoping that maybe the relocated school dept employees eat in his ethnically-confused dive bar. But his hypocrisy was breathtaking. He was complaining (during a long, repetitive rant) because the school dept is also going to take one of the empty storefronts for their year-round parent interfacing office.

Wasn’t it this same city councilor who drove the push (I would say, unwisely tying the hands of the SD) to insist that the RFP for this relocation heavily favor a downtown location? Again, with the appearance of self interest, which I find blatant and gross (Franky D never did this crap when she was a Councilor). Wasn’t it he who, with his overly long speeches on the matter, made it clear that downtown was the only place acceptable to him?

Well he got his wish. The downtown location was chosen. Then on top of this, he’s been ranting about downtown vacancies (like this is a new thing) and closing businesses left and right? I get that we don’t want to fill dowtown with 100% nonprofit and government offices in its street level retail spaces. But for heaven’s sake, it’s not like a retail business trying to start downtown would find a dearth of spaces for rent.

I also find it ironic that, when it’s convenient or in his self interest, he’s fine with trying to find a way for the council to interfere with private business (the landlord, in this case). Oy.



Let’s Talk About Rules

Rules. Let’s pitch ‘em please. The number of times Rita suspended the rules for one reason or another on Tuesday night, it appears we don’t need them. And, can someone please, please tell me how it is the City Council can take a vote to support Arthur T Demoulas after a citizen petition in front of the council without an agenda item? I thought that was against the rules too. What should have happened (and correct me if I’m wrong please) is they should have put it on the agenda for two weeks from Tuesday. Do they think no one might want to speak on the issue given fair warning under Open Meeting Laws?

Now given the situation and its fluidity (the Market Basket board meets today) I suppose you could argue it was one of those “emergency responses” which is the end-around the OML. But was it? Was it really?

5 Responses to “Petulance Is Not Leadership”

  1. Mr. Lynne Says:

    It was emergency pandering.

  2. Don Says:

    Glad you found a way to get back into the fray. Looking forward to more frequent posts.

  3. Publius Says:

    Lynne,
    I agree with you that taking agenda items out of order can be problematic. Mercier’s goal is usually to get the speakers and petitioners items first, so they do not have to wait around for hours. A laudable goal. I believe it is the clerk’s responsibility to set the order of the agenda. Perhaps he should set up the agenda so those items come first.

  4. Gail Says:

    Funny how C. Mercier was unwilling to vote in favor of a motion of Mayor Murphy’s which would have asked the delegation to support an increase in the minimum wage, which had appeared on the agenda, because she would need time to see how. . ., but she can vote with, presumably, no advanced notice in “support of workers.”

  5. Charlotte Says:

    Glad you’re back to writing. We need a little Tussle once in awhile. I missed reading you ” injections” into the fray. Dick gives the blow by blow and you give us the blood and knuckles.

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