The watchdogs are on a short leash.
They might be writing brilliant laws to bring the city back from the brink of total budget meltdown. They might be playing Tetris. They might be committing heinous acts of unspeakable vulgarity and using taxpayer dollars to sop up the mess.
We just don’t know.
Council, however, also proposed legislation last week that would continue to exclude themselves from the Office of the Inspector General's jurisdiction.
At least we can all hold hands and agree: $3.3 million is not reliable. Maybe it’s $10 million! Maybe it’s two dollars. Who knows.
With the soda and garbage taxes too controversial, Council has resorted to new, slightly more progressive taxes to balance the budget. Not surprisingly, there are still problems.
Seriously. We get a chance to respond in kind May 18 on a ballot measure to abolish the BRT forever. See you at the polls.
What’s at the center of D.A. Seth Williams’ new love of Phish and The Matrix? Chronic!
The new iPhone app can answer all your questions on city government (conceivably).
Three things you may not know about the primary coming up on May 18—and why you should rock the vote.
Apparently, a Pew report finds, that we citizens hate dirty streets and trash more than we hate our corrupt city officials, our high taxes, our poor educational system and our jobless rate.
Like concerned parents, we like to keep an eye on our City Council members. With their still developing brains and bodies, our representatives can be prone to poor judgment and bad decision-making, especially once hormones start raging.
So the tax would affect the poor, but not for very long. Once that “70 percent tax” brings each purchase into focus—Is this jug of syrupwater really necessary?—soda, one hopes, would return to its traditional role: an every-so-often treat.
If only this website had been available years ago; we wouldn’t be in this property-values mess. Maybe this can also set straight the Parking Authority, City Council, Charter School administrators, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
Currently, the Ethics Board has wide discretion to dole out fines for campaign-finance violations. City Council is trying to change that.