Posts tagged: city council
Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: “I find your analogy of reality tv for a City Council meeting is apt, however, I feel that the lack of respect shown for a staff member is inappropriate at best. I am not sure that our City Council meetings should be sensation seeking reality tv. Dan Gookin was correct last night when he said that our council is split which mirrors a community that is split. Bullying behavior from some council members is now the norm at City Hall, and we see the results in a staff that is under a great deal of stress. It is difficult at best to function under that type of leadership. I believe that our past successes show that we have had an efficient, quality driven, entreprenuerial management structure that is now at risk. When people are threatened, they put their heads down and just try to survive, That creats a typical government environment, I would like to think that we fostered an different culture at City Hall and our successes have shown that difference.”
Question: “Bullying behavior from some council members is now the norm at City Hall.” Thoughts?
Sorry, but the recall debate isn't over. In fact, prior to the next session, legislators should put their heads together and talk a great deal about it, then adopt stronger, clearer laws in 2013. Both sides of the recent attempt to recall four Coeur d'Alene City Council members are still sorting out the significance of lessons learned, but they can largely agree on the need for clarity in state recall election statutes. One concern is the nebulous nature of the 75-day window from the start of the petition drive to the last moment the petition signatures can be verified. Between the offices of the Secretary of State, the Kootenai County Clerk and the Coeur d'Alene City Clerk, nobody seemed to clearly understand how that 75 days should be divided between collecting signatures, turning them in to city officials and then having the county verify those signatures. The timeline seemed to twist and turn like an unruly river, leaving too much room for arbitrary interpretation/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press file photo: Press Jennifer Drake glances over at Michael Sheneman as they stand next to each other at the launch of the unsuccessful recall effort in April)
Question: What do you think needs to be fixed re: Idaho's recall law?
Steve Adams looks you in the eye when you're speaking, smiles often - even if you're disagreeing - and never seems to raise his voice. He's even apologetic when the phone rings inside the Allstate insurance agency he bought from his father in 2000. His dad, who taught Adams the insurance trade, and mother still live in the Pine Avenue home at the foot of Tubbs Hill where Adams and his three brothers were raised. “A block from the water,” Adams says. Adams has an unshakable list of priorities, and near the top is Coeur d'Alene, a city he says he loves above most everything else. He moved away once, as a college student, and didn't like it/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: Steve Adams Facebook page)
Question: What do you expect from Steve Adams when he joins the Coeur d'Alene City Council?