Monday, January 30, 2012

Conflicting Opinions on City Council 2011 Accomplishments

To All COLA LO Members,

Last week two articles in the LO Review focused on the accomplishments of the current City Council in 2011.    They gave conflicting assessments of the performance of the council and the direction moving into the current election year.  

Both articles also attracted substantial online comment from the community at large given the recent announcements by several officials that they would be leaving their positions in 2012.  

Councilor Sally Moncrieff submitted an article: Council Accomplished a lot  while former council candidate Dan Williams also submitted an article:  2011 Issues Still Loom.   Its fair to say that there is substantial disagreement on the performance of the council in 2011.    Both articles have online comment form the community so the reader can evaluate the online views.  

Its also fair to state that Councilor Moncrieffs article produced more diverse opinion on council performance in 2011 than did Dan Williams opinion piece.   This may in large be due to Councilor Moncrieffs incumbent status on the Council and her decision not to run for reelection in 2012.  

Either way the two pieces show a widely divergent view of council performance within the city and the frustration many residents share regarding the agenda of the council in 2011.  It will be interesting to see how the new agenda for 2012 is developed and implemented given the history of this administration.  

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