After discussing with several people what happened at the city council study session on Tuesday night, Two catch-phrases kept coming up. (Catch 22), and (Between a Rock, and a Hard Place)
These two phrases describe how the city council found itself after a claim was submitted to the Clerk to have an investigation into what many of us believe are violations of the charter done by the Mayor. The council got a one page legal opinion from corporation counsel (who is an appointee of the Mayor) pointing out to them that if they are to go ahead with an investigation, and if the Mayor was to be found guilty of these things, that information could come out, and be used as evidence against the Mayor, and the City in an on-going lawsuit. So while the council I’m sure wants to do right by all they can not put the city at risk, meaning all of us. If there ever was a situation that between a rock and a hard place describe this would be it. All though there is still the fact that the Mayor signed a contract without council’s permission, but from what I hear was said they (city council) are going to receive, note, and file.
For those of you wondering what that is well, it’s nothing, as I understand it like it never happened. So the Mayor comes out of it smelling like a rose . They are not saying he didn’t do it, only that they can not go forward with any type of investigation. So we come to the end of this subject, and all of us will just have to live with the knowledge of what he did, and understand that nothing will be done. Is it a bitter pill to swallow. Yes, it is, but I don’t think we have a choice.
I did find it funny when one council member said “it’s done” “it’s over”, and “we should not waste one penny on this.” “Let him (Zouher Abdel-Hak) go to the Attorney General.” What penny? It was not going to cost the city anything for the council members to investigate, it’s not like they get paid by the hour, they (city council) would have to ask for some records, and yeah sorry read the charter. What it would have cost them is time, and they, in my opinion, are under paid, to begin with, for all the meetings, boards, and other things they do, this would have most certainly been one other thing added to a plate that is already over- flowing with things to take care of.
It was reassuring to have councilwoman Marge Horvath said, “The Mayor screwed up, he didn’t tell us what was going on”. “The council needs its own attorney.” They sure do I think it would be very helpful in future situations, to get outside counsel on some of these matters. Save, and protect the city and the taxpayer money.
Today I talked to a Judge about this, he was aware of what was going on, and when he heard that the council was going to just ignore this, his response, was “you’ve got to be kidding me?” “Why?” “Oh come on council do the right thing here.” “So what if the information could be used, the Congress of the United States investigates the government all the time, that is why we have a little something called separation.” This judge was sure that the council would do something, and was deeply disappointed that they did not. Council I will say you had a hell of a lot of people rooting for you, too bad you could not carry the ball to the finish line, maybe next time.