Is there a pattern with this administration? I think there might be, let’s just take the April 27th city council meeting when councilwoman Van Houten asked about a charge by a law firm working for the city. The charge as she said it was for a discussion with some lawyer about a settlement, and a rejection of the settlement. She went on to say that a settlement was being discussed without it being brought before this body(the council.) This is in direct violation of the charter, but hey what else is new when it comes to this administration.
Again at the last city council meeting held on May 11th, she brought to the attention of corporation counsel that he was submitting an invoice for charges regarding a lawyer, and something to do with the city. No indication was given on the bill as to what this matter was, and why. She said then that she had asked for detailed billing, at the previous city council meeting, and had yet received it. Even though the mayor reassured her at the April meeting that she would get it. I heard him say it, and saw him smile at her, reassuring her that she would get it. I’ve seen it time, and time again the council asking for information, reports, and so on, and never seeming to get them. I’ve been in several meetings when the same thing is asked for, once, twice, three times. Nothing comes of it, and before you say anything no in most case’s they never do get what they ask for.
This administration would love to see the city council just go away, I get the impression that the mayor would just like it to be him, and his assistant running the city. This administration from what I see makes every attempt to keep the council shut out, of all the operations of the city.
Our system is a system of checks, and balances Mr. mayor,
Checks and balances
To prevent one branch from becoming supreme, protect the “opulent minority” from the majority, and to induce the branches to cooperate, governance systems that employ a separation of powers need a way to balance each of the branches. Typically this was accomplished through a system of “checks and balances“, the origin of which, like separation of powers itself, is specifically credited to Montesquieu. Checks and balances allow for a system based regulation that allows one branch to limit another, such as the power of Congress to alter the composition and jurisdiction of the federal courts.
So when our council the branch in our city government that keeps the checks and balance is prevented from doing that what happens? Well just look at what has happened in the past year, and is still going on, and you can see what happens when one part of the government is not allowed to check the other part, when there is no longer balance, you have a run- away government, or in this case a run-away administration.