Wednesday, August 29, 2007

JG Editorial Board Agrees That City Council Lockout Was Avoidable

In today's "Furthermore" section the Journal Gazette editorial board rightly chastises the city council and city clerk for not anticipating the crowd size at the July 24th city council meeting:
The meeting may have been legal, but the way citizens were treated still wasn’t right.

With a big Harrison Square vote on the agenda and plans for smoking ban opponents to appear before the council en masse, the council should have been prepared for a bigger crowd than what the county commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor could hold. Instead, citizens could not get inside the crowded room.

Granted, the remodeling of the normal council chambers in Rooms 126 and 128 has caused inconveniences for everyone. But next time, the council and City Clerk Sandra Kennedy should seek alternatives.

The JG hits the nail on the head here. The idea that somehow the council could not have anticipated the crowd size is not logical. Don't forget that this was one of the PACs main reasons for ruling against me - thus her opinion is illogical as well. It's good to see that traditional media sources still advocate for open government even if the public access counselor does not...


LP Mike Sylvester said...


We both agree with the JG Editorial group.

That does not happen very often.

Mike Sylvester

Independent Voter said...

Looks like another blog has popped up.

Sam T. said...

Jeff, I will be honest with you. I have been on city council for 8 years and I have been around city council meetings since I was 3. I didnt anticipate a crowd too big for the room on that night. Mr. Vaughn has been crying wolf for months on bringing a thousand people.

So, time to move on. It was a one-time inadvertant problem. This horse has officially been beaten to death.

Jeff Pruitt said...

I imagine this to be the last post on the subject. I wasn't even going to post this but if the JG covers a story that I'm personally involved in then I think it should go on the blog...