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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Amanda gets Randy's goat -- again

You've gotta hand it to Commissioner Fritz -- she's not afraid to say no to Fireman Randy. First she helped kill his Lents stadium fantasies, and now she's derailed his plans for a filtration system for the Bull Run water supply. Even when the recall saga is over, there will still be plenty of soap opera action at City Hall.

Comments (23)

You know, I wasn't all that enthralled with Fritz at first, but she seems to be making some good decisions.

What was I thinking? I voted for Adams but not for Fritz. This is my shame...

So far, Fritz is earning my vote for re-election. Thank you for helping to kill this boondoggle which would also *lower* water quality.

Leonard's time on the council has been characterized by (1) one boneheaded idea after another, and then (2) arrogantly pushing and/or defending them. Does he have to work at this style or does he come by it naturally? I don't remember his years in the state senate being this way. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention.

Nice to see that Fritz doused Fireman Randy's spendthrift ways this time. Fish's email praising Randy's leadership on this issue was pure insanity though. He bears watching....

Darn straight, LucsAdvo. Fish is a superficial foney.

G Joubert's analysis is spot-on, too. Leonard needs to get out of government. He's lousy at all the basics, except getting attention -- which he does for being outlandishly and impulsively erratic and sensationally idiotic.

Here's a lead for your career change, Randy:

http://www.ringling.com/TopLanding.aspx?id=11616

Click on "Clown College"

I'm sure you can get CLEP credit for your City Council shenanegins.

A soccer ball makes a good prop on a big rubber band. Like the one the Paulson Family Cirkus keeps tantalizingly sproinging in front of you.

Jack--

Randy inroduced an amendment supporting the UV option.

Everyone on Council praised him for his willingness to compromise.

I call that leadership.

Nick Fish

No, that's called coming to your senses after (once again) demonstrating poor judgment and bad leadership. Sheesh.

Leonard is my least favorite city commissioner, and many who comment here probably feel that way too. But you know what? If Adams gets recalled I'm thinking Leonard has the inside track to the mayor's job. Who else has a better shot?

Jack--

Randy inroduced an amendment supporting the UV option.

Everyone on Council praised him for his willingness to compromise.

I call that leadership.

gag. I was part of the Friends who fought off Leonard tooth and nail about covering the reservoirs. I saw his snarkiness, anger, vindictiveness and petulance over and over again--and his Water Bureau "spokesman" helping.

if you really are Nick Fish, and that's what you believe passes fr "leadership", you've (hopefully) got a short career in public service.

Never have I seen such a lack of genuine courage of conviction, leadership and ability as I've seen on this current City Council. only Fritz, descpite her schizophrenic behavior, seems to take a meaningful stand now and then.

I knew when I very first supported her candidacy that she would not disappoint me. She hasn't. She has two leading characteristics that have been lacking for a while on City Council -- she's smart and never put off by the necessity of grinding through the minutia to find where the devil lies -- she's grounded in the neighborhoods and business districts that make this city great so she knows what she fights for -- and she's tough. Beholden to no special interest but her own native intellect and the best interest of her constituency. And, she understands money -- how we move it to make things happen, and how we pay for that out of our paychecks...

I should have also said -- she is about justice, apart from everything else. Hard trait to find in a politician.

If Adams gets recalled I'm thinking Leonard has the inside track to the mayor's job. Who else has a better shot?

The Fireman's made more enemies than friends the last couple of years.

Even if he became mayor, so long as somebody who thinks for himself or herself (like Fritz) took his seat, it would be a vast improvement. Fish, Fritz and that third somebody would leave Big Pipe and the Fireman wallowing in their own salad dressing.

Jack:
I nominate you to be the new champion for our cause.

It is time to stop the childish pandering and foolishness of our elected officials.

We do not need to spend ANY money on useless projects just to be spending money on something.

Said officials just make up these things to keep them in power and look busy.

If it were a fed EDICT to reduce the size of city government or taxes they would put up such a fight and stink that some of them would probably end up in jail. (that is where they really belong)

The fed can not force us to do anything we choose not to do by authority of local control.

That type of federal intrusion would be grounds for enforcement of states rights for over extending federal control. It is a lie and a boondoggle.

Thus my idea, It is time to sign into law our states rights as a sovereign state. I think it is called HCR 6. I think it is a resolution more than a law but it kicks the feds' a*s and keeps their intrusions out of our state. Would this not cure the water problem?

I have probably not worded this in a scholarly manner but I think you get the point.

There's no statistical or historical reason to presume the next council member would be another Fritz... Experience says, just the opposite.

Commisioner Fritz had my vote in both of her runs for Council. Her background showed she was willing to advocate for public interest over private gain.

Hmm, I think my earlier comment got eaten by a spam filter.

If that really is Nick Fish posting ...

How about this - folks voted for you because they wanted YOU to show some leadership, not fall in line with Sam Adams and Randy Leonard. I know you have to work with them every day, but you don't have to pretend to like it.

Do you remember who you replaced on the City Council? Remember who his cronies were that are still kicking around City Hall? That should be a clue about who NOT to imitate.

"I call that leadership" by Nick the Fish...I call it sucking up, by Fish.
As for SB Randy He was this way in the legislature, must have learned it in Unionism 101.

Here's a little management-leadership quiz for Jack and his friends:

You're on the board of a public corporation. An outspoken director is planning to introduce a resolution you think unwise. Your goal is to get the Board to adopt a different "compromise" action. So, which approach do you think has a better chance for success: A) Publicly criticize the outspoken director and label his resolution as stupid (thus garnering praise in the blogosphere); or B) quietly work behind the scenes to garner a majority for your resolution and then give the outspoken director a face-saving way to back down and accept your "compromise"?

Well said Commissioner Fish, er I mean Walter.

You're on the board of a public corporation. An outspoken director is planning to introduce a resolution you think unwise. Your goal is to get the Board to adopt a different "compromise" action. So, which approach do you think has a better chance for success: A) Publicly criticize the outspoken director and label his resolution as stupid (thus garnering praise in the blogosphere); or B) quietly work behind the scenes to garner a majority for your resolution and then give the outspoken director a face-saving way to back down and accept your "compromise"?

False analogy, and a bit childish to boot.

City Council isn't a private corporation. shareholders aren't analagous to citizens, despite often desperate atempts to make public service a corporation.

Let me simplify: The goal of a City Council member is *never* to placate other members or "garner praise in the blogosphere"; the purpose is to serve the needs of citizens. Council members hold a position of privilege and honor, given to them by citizens.

In other words: saying Leonard deserves praise for a "last minute compromise" on something he knew in advance didn't have support is like saying Adams "deserves praise" for admitting he lied to obtain public office.

Amanda is developing wonderful new habit of standing up to stupid ideas and derailing them. I like to call it getting "Fritzed!" Randy Leonard, once again, you've been FRITZED! Go, Amanda!

And give me a big break about the "last-minute, leadership-worthy compromise." He had to do something to save face when it was clear yet another of his blowhard ideas was not working out for him.


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