Well tonight was the first regularly scheduled City Council meeting of 2010 as the members adjusted to life without Kim. The evening started with only one comment in the public comment period with the always articulate Kyle York offering to shovel the sidewalks of the elderly and disabled of the city. Next was a rather routine session with a lively and spirited debate on the county sales tax plan and the benefits and drawbacks of the cities decision to leave it in 2001. Ken Ivins Jr. took the old school Republican position that leaving was the worst decision the city ever made and Franck taking the old school Democratic position that it was the right thing to do. The verbal match was clearly a draw with no side able to claim victory. Mayor Johnson acted as referee with Wirth sitting the discussion out. Anthony “Skip” Scirocco seemed lost without his mentor Kim. He seemed to be speaking in a kind of verbal chase of his own tail that was hard to follow. I did get this much leaving the county sales tax formula BAD, and he also publicly stated again the city will be shut down soon because of layoffs in his department. Outside of Skippy’s incoherent babbles the discussion between Ivins and Franck was carried out minus the rancor and grandstanding that was so much a part of Kim’s combative style of politics. The city faces some very tough decisions in 2010 and if tonight is any indication they will be handled by adults in a bipartisan and thoughtful way. Well done gentleman you were a credit to civil discussion. Hint to Skip: the less you talk the brighter you look.
Next on the agenda. Something that I overlooked at the Saratogian while I was caught up in nailing Demroc.
Public Safety layoffs threaten D.A.R.E. program
Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010
By MAREESA NICOSIA,
Why didn’t you call this piece of puff MAREESA?
Save me,Save my kids,Save us all.
Mareesa what you should have asked is
How does the DARE program still exist? By now it is virtually a joke, the only people who ever wear DARE shirts are stoners who wear it ironically... Forget the fact that the program is virtually useless and may actually have the opposite of intended effect, as long as the kids look forward to it, right Mareesa. We don’t have the money for this feel good crap, dump it. Put the officers back on patrol were they can do some good.
But in fairness I will present the Saratogian view of the world.
High School graduation of Children who went through DARE.
High School graduation of those who didn’t go through DARE