Archive for December 1st, 2014

Some members of the H-Town City Council want to make some changes to the H-Town City Charter. Hey, that is why they are on Council – I guess. I just hope they have a well thought out and lengthy discussion with ALL the stakeholders before they put City Charter proposals on the Council Agenda or on a ballot.

This Thursday, December 4 the City Council’s Ad Hoc Charter Review committee will meet and several members of Council want the following in BOLD discussed. I have added a few devil’s advocate observations. BTW: All members of City Council are on the committee. Here are proposed changes:

1. Authorize any item(s) acknowledged and advanced by at least six (6) Council Members to be placed on the Council Agenda for full Council consideration. I would like to be given an example of what items some Council members would want on the agenda. Why can’t they just ask the Mayor to put something on?

2. Authorize Executive Session meetings for City Council. This to me right off the bat doesn’t sound good. This doesn’t speak well of transparency in government. We have been doing OK without Executive Sessions. I don’t like the idea of trying to guess if deals were cut in closed session – if you know what I mean.

3. Change term limits to two four-year terms beginning with the 2015 City Election. I think if you want to change term limits, go get petitions and do it from the grass roots up. This is just pi__ing off some voters again and haven’t we done enough of that lately. Just go for broke and get signatures to do away with term limits – period.

4. Authorize the City to keep and invest excess revenue above the Rev Cap Spending Limits to be used exclusively to pay down the General Fund Debt. Now this one is going to need a lot of ‘splaining.

It is going to be interesting to see what the Mayoral candidates have to say about the proposals. Stay tuned!

A-Roid will be back in the pin stripes next season and with 2,939 career base hits appears to be the next player to join the 3,000 base hit club. Name the active player next in line with 2,844 base hits?

Some St. Louis Rams players did a “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protest yesterday before their game with the Raiders. The St. Louis Police Officers Association didn’t take kindly to the protest and issued a statement blasting the players. Too bad!

Commentary is a fan of “The Newsroom.” It is entertainment. Last night’s “Ave Maria” scene at the end of the episode was pretty good TV.

Ichiro Suzuki of course has 2,844 base hits and waiting to sign with a team.

Nothing to report from The Yard today.

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