When you think you have heard it all, you just need to read the ARGUS LEADER to get another jolt of the ridiculous and pandering at city hall to make one look better or cover one's you know what. You just can't put lipstick on a pig, but I guess you can try.
The decision to clear the building of cameras was out of respect for Owen, Councilor Michelle Erpenbach said.
How nice of Councilor Erpenbach considering the fact that Owen didn't get much respect during the secret little process engineered by Erpenbach. She didn't even get the chance to stand up for herself. But hey, let's show her a little respect when we shove her out the door tonight. Clap, Clap, good riddance.
The mayor also said he sat in the executive session to lead the discussion about Owen’s position, not to participate.
“I have to facilitate these City Council meetings,” Huether said. “I’m a member of the council, but really, I’m there to facilitate or moderate those meetings.”
“My job was to facilitate the City Council meeting, and that’s exactly what I did. I facilitated the executive session as well to make it as professional and productive as possible,” Huether said.
Oh come on, now. He had to be in a personnel meeting to lead the discussion on an employee who doesn't even work for him? They needed him so it could be professional and productive? They can't be professional and productive on their own? I heard you could hear his raised voice out in the resource room during the executive session. Have we ever known the mayor to elect not to participate in anything? After all, it's his business acumen that is leading this city forward into the future.
He may be a member of the city council, but he is not one of the city councilors who supervises Owen or acts on her raises or decides if she is appointed or reappointed. To insert himself into this process is out of line and out of order. Oh, that's right, he was asked to participate by Erpenbach and Aguilar. They didn't have enough votes to call for a meeting so they asked him to do it as a favor to them. Maybe they wanted him there to just cover their you know whats. Then the blame for this whole thing and accountability could be spread around a bit.
I think it is interesting how the spin is going. I bet it has been nuts over at City Hall today trying to spin the nightmare they created last night. When you have to work this hard to control the spin it indicates something stinks to high heaven.
It's ironic that when the Council fires someone they evacuate a building and when the Mayor fires someone he holds a press conference. All in the name of showing respect to someone you just kicked in the gut.