Folks, we have the tail wagging the dog, here. It would appear City Council gets only information that Staff wants them to have. Any potential lack of loyalty to elected officials could certainly be a problem if any Staff reports that go to City Council are "cooked," especially for meetings in which votes are cast. Staff behavior could spin or control information anyway they want, if the authors provide unreliable facts or information. Staff department heads must be absolutely loyal and totally transparent to Council. If the people you elect to office are junior to Staff, what do you think your vote is worth?
The people you elected to office are potentially only getting information that Staff wants them to have. This could lead to some very unholy alliances. How can Council possibly keep promises made to citizens if they can't get the appropriate information when they need it? If Council can't trust Staff, who can they trust?
The Mayor and City Council are the only ones you vote for. Why bother voting if elected officials are just figureheads? City Council needs to get our city back. We, and our elected officials, are the ones who pay the bills.
I'm really upset over this development. Of course, everyone can have an opinion. You might think things are just hunky dory.
Some late breaking news: I just received an email from the City Secretary saying that the request for the City Council to consider the establishment of an HFC is set to be discussed in a work session on April 4, 2017. There will be no experienced HFC experts at the work session. Only 15 minutes was allocated for the discussion. That gives you some idea what Staff thinks of an HFC. You must watch the work session to see who is for and who is against providing housing for seniors and workforce populations. I will report on the meeting here.