Ooh, the Mayor got a bit testy tonight! The truth hurts.
Tonight, via CCTV, I watched the City Council hearing on downtown parking meters.
In her testimony, an opponent of this ill-advised idea correctly said that the City's Parking Task Force didn't allow citizens to speak at their meetings, forestalling a collaborative approach to downtown parking problem-solving.
Which, if you read the state's guide to how parking policies are supposed to be developed, is a big no-no. Stakeholders of all varieties have to be intimately involved from the outset.
Astoundingly, after the woman finished her testimony Mayor Peterson took the microphone to self-righteously say that yes, indeedy, people were able to have their say at meetings of the Parking Task Force.
They just had to keep their mouths shut and put what they wanted to say in writing like good little boys and girls, after which copies would be distributed, and, no doubt, used to line litter boxes and fill recycling bins of City staff and Task Force members.
Astounding. City of Salem elected officials and lead staff truly are clueless about how to do effective planning and policy analysis.
They don't understand that citizens are able to tell the difference between genuine "public servants" who are truly dedicated to serving them, and politicians/bureaucrats who are merely going through the motions of public involvement.