By Robert Haugh
The newest members of the City Council took their seats at City Hall in December, 2020.
That’s when Anthony Becker, Suds Jain and Kevin Park were sworn in.
Since their arrival, there have been 16 special City Council meetings.
Most of the special meetings have been extra meetings that had to be scheduled because the City Council can’t finish at a reasonable hour.
When the City Council meetings go late, it’s frustrating to the public. We’ve heard complaints from lots of residents who don’t want to watch meetings after midnight.
How does this compare to previous years and previous City Council meetings? There were:
- 17 special meetings in all of 2020;
- 12 special meetings in 2019; and
- 19 special meetings In 2018.
At the current pace, the new City Council may double the special meetings from previous years. Wow.
In the years 2018 to 2020, most special meetings had to deal with stadium issues that were discovered during audits. Some special meetings were joint meetings with other city commissions. Some were just town hall meetings hosted by the City Clerk.
This year, it’s different. Observers inside and outside City Hall say the new members of the City Council ask basic questions that are already covered in the staff report. They are also more talkative and argumentative than past City Councils.
Their style and lack of knowledge has led community leaders to call this the most dysfunctional City Council in recent memory. It’s pretty obvious from the numbers.