About a week ago I commented on how close our hometown elected officials are to us constituents. And I noticed that these individuals are not equipped to resolve many of the city’s complex problems. Despite neighborhood planning workshops on local projects, despite city council hearings about city-wide problems, despite appointed committees doing technical work, despite nonprofits and volunteer agencies picking up the slack, despite the mayor’s scripted platitudes – we’re still left trying to penetrate a sea of silence and blank stares.
After last Monday’s marathon homelessness council session we’re still dangling. Who’s in charge? Who’s responsible? Who’s answerable? Who’s identifiable? Who’s voice can we count on? Who will move our city beyond bandaids? Where does the buck stop? Does that sainted buck even exist? [Read more…]