The meeting started off well on Thursday (agenda here), but it then got frustrating and tiresome once Council (in their Governance & Priorities format) started sliding off topic and speaking around issues instead of to the immediate items at the table. Mind you, their doing so was also fascinating in the sense that it made me reflect on why I was reacting to them the way I did and why it was that I was getting frustrated and confused instead of just tweeting everything.
I realized that it has to do with process. Continue reading July 16 GPC Summary & Observations
It is a big agenda for tomorrow night, which probably means a long meeting. So what are the major items to look forward to? Continue reading June 11 Council Early Thoughts
It was a long meeting on Thursday and I have to say this surprised me because it started off with Mayor Helps suggesting that more than half the agenda items go on the Consent Agenda (e.g., get passed with no discussion). The meeting still ended up being a long one because of how the remaining items were presented by staff, which is to say, had the issues been presented differently the resulting meeting would have been more efficient and more coherent.
Continue reading June 4 GPC Summary & Observations
It was a long one today and that it was a long one, just goes to show the difficulty of trying to anticipate how Council will react to certain issues. Where I was correct in my early thoughts from yesterday when I predicted that the poorly defined staff report would lead to poorly structured council discussion, I didn’t quite expect what happened this morning. Continue reading April 2 GPC Summary & Observations
There are some interesting items on the GPC agenda tomorrow, nothing unique mind you as it all looks like a hodge podge of items that were supposed to be talked about last week or have been in the works for a while now. My guess is that it will be a quick meeting but you never know. Continue reading April 2 GPC Early Thoughts