Letter to the editor
Our city commissioners voted to move the election on the backs of the taxpayers. Recently, the same city commissioners were faced with a daunting challenge of replacing Charles Billings’ leadership in the city because of his premature passing. The community was informed that Mr. Billings’ replacement would not be a person interested in a permanent seat or that diversity would be a major consideration for the temporary leader.
Although time was short for this important decision, the city had a special obligation to embrace the richness and diversity of our community in replacing Commissioner Billings. Commissioners did not have a list of candidates or public input, but rather chose to replace Commissioner Billings with a political insider.
I’m certain Commissioner Katz will serve the public with prudence and fairness. However, the selection methodology in choosing him was flawed; it represents one more glaring example of self-serving decision-making and limited access by the citizens. It is unfortunate that our community leaders continuously make decisions with their own agenda in mind, rather that what is best for the community: fostering the diversity, economic development, neighborhoods and related pressing city issues.
It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to February’s 2003 election to send a message of change to our city leadership.
candidate, City Commission Seat 3