Sunday, June 28, 2020

Email Exchange

Aug 15, 2019, 2:20 PM

Dear Councilman King:

I am writing as a follow up to the City Council Meeting that I attended this past Tuesday where I spoke regarding the diversity officer position.

I have watched previous meetings and read about them in various media, and have know of the micro-managing of the Mayor since she was elected two years ago. But to see it in person for the first time, I must, say, was really upsetting.

The dismissive and patronizing way you addressed Mayor Spicer reflected very poorly one you. Admittedly, you are not the only councilperson to display this rude behavior; however, you represent my district now and will be asking for my vote in the upcoming election for you as Councilor At-Large.

You were not elected mayor. Yvonne Spicer was. Why would I want to give one of my votes for the at-large seat to someone who is an obstructionist and has not supported any of the positive changes that have been put forth for the City?

I may reconsider if you were to make a unifying statement toward the Mayor, and pledge to work with her if you are elected. Otherwise, the five registered voters at my address, along with my friends and neighbors in District 1, will be voting for only one candidate in November, and it will not be you.

Sincerely,
Glenda Cohen


Aug 15, 2019, 2:45 PM
Hi,

Thank you for reaching out to me to offer your opinion.  I am very sorry that you perceived it the way you did.  I assure you I am fully aware of the differences between being the mayor and a councilor.  I try very hard to "stay in the lane" sort to speak as believe me I have no desire to be Mayor.  I also strive to be sure that the comments I make are respectful and professional. I am unsure of what particular comments you are referring to.

You speak about micromanaging of the Mayor by the council,  as you may suspect that I disagree with that assessment.  Budgetary control is a function of the council based on the recommendation of the Mayor, as is position establishment.  Good government comes from a natural tension between the legislative and executive branch.  It is when we do not have such tension that government can become suspect.  I think I can make a very convincing argument that we absolutely do not micromanage the Mayor.  

I believe that I have worked with the Mayor reasonably well.  I wish the Mayor was more assertive with new policies and approaches.  I have told her that.  You refer in your email to obstructing the Mayor and her initiatives. I would be interested in understanding what programs she has proposed that you see the Council as a whole or me individually as obstructing.  Overall I believe I get along well with the Mayor and have not in any way tried to be obstructionist toward her.  I think (and hope) she would tell you we have have polite, respectful and productive one on one communications.  The challenge is, as is often in life, where there is disagreement it is obvious, but where there is cooperation no one sees it.  Frankly, I thought we had a fair compromise the other evening, and I was surprised with the approach the Mayor took, but that is her right to do so, as it is ours to disagree.

I am sorry that you will not be voting for me, as I like anyone who puts themselves out to run for office wants to earn as many votes as possible.  However, I will run proudly on my record and we will see what the results are, that is all any of us can do and I am more than willing to live with that outcome.

So I hope that shines light on my perspective and again I appreciate you sharing yours.  I do not believe we have met, I would be pleased to meet with you to discuss further if you think that may be helpful.

George

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