The format was changed so there was no interaction or follow-up allowed by participants. Questions had to be submitted in writing or by e-mail. All the questions were screened by the moderator, Jack Marsh. This was the best format for a mayor who likes to control his environment and what he says. As such, it allowed the mayor to keep the agenda on his message. I heard most of the dialogue already.
Once again we heard about his business acumen, the way he grew up and why he is the most fiscally conservative person we will ever meet. Why he must continually tell us that is beyond my comprehension. Although it is getting very old, I wish he would just find a new tag line. I don't really want to hear about his personal life, what he brings to the table, blah, blah , blah. The campaign is over. We know who he is and where he came from.
Here is what I heard last night that stuck out above the same old, same old:
- We are building the Event Center for the 60% who live out of town.
- We need more parking for the McCart fields even if we didn't pave the fields over.
- There's a good chance this facility will not pay for the operating costs, so there will need to be budget subsidies.
- The way the Event Center pays for itself is economic development, not commercial development.
- He has a vision for the railroad tracks. When asked to be specific, he said green space, retail, restaurants and Condos.
- He is going to run for re-election in 3 years.
- The job is really hard and people need to stop being mean to him.
- He will get all the information to the city council by the end of July for a vote in November.
Are you ready to move on?