During the public comments section of city council and school board meetings, most speakers make the mistake of wasting everyone’s time. What those speakers fail to realize or fail to address is that before any big vote, the minds on the panel are already made up. So instead of addressing the panel with the consequences of their action (no reelection, a lawsuit, etc.), they speak as though there is still hope to change a mind or two.
A clear example of this was last night’s school board meeting at which the trustees voted 7-0 to approve a significantly larger athletic facility for CdM High. If you think that any of the information or speakers from last night had any effect on the vote, please contact me as soon as possible as I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you, cheap.
In my notes last night, I wrote (Comments in parentheses are from today):
1) [Paul] Reed sounds like he favors [the project]
2) Waited until after the election [to vote on this]
3) “What you’re being asked to do this evening…” [Reed]. (Why is he explaining this? Do they truly not know what this meeting and vote are for? If not, this is pathetic.)
4) Principal supports it. [Must not live in Eastbluff]
5) Seven HOA’s, they met with two
6) Reed shook hands with the representative of the CdM Foundation. (Did not shake hands with anyone opposing the project)
7) “Most likely [the footprint] will be different than it is now.” (This is Reed using code to say that the expansion will be big. And how could a board member vote to approve this without knowing exactly how big it will be? Amazing.)
8) Lack of prior knowledge is astounding (But then, if the minds were made up awhile ago, I guess it doesn’t matter how much they didn’t know.)
9) Yelsey used “yes” language
10) Will the new noise, traffic and lighting levels be required to be disclosed when a home is being sold? (speaker).
In less than two years, voters will have the chance to replace two of the existing board members. This time around, perhaps there will be a majority who want to have at least one person on the board who truly represents residents.