Even though I was watching for the posting of the agenda for today’s Budget & Finance Committee, it never happened. At least not as of Saturday night..
Here’s the message I just got from a trusted source:
Budget & Finance voting on giving $6 million to Oakley station to build a free garage that the developer will own at the end of a $1 per year lease. $0 in transit upgrades to the car-centric location. Email or call council IMMEDIATELY telling them what you think about this.
This is the email I sent:
Members of Council – as you vote on economic development issues, I ask you to stand-up for the democratic process. Those of us who have tried to be a part of this conversation were ready for the late additions to the agenda. But as of Saturday night they were never posted. There wasn’t even time to contact our elected representatives before Monday’s vote in Budget & Finance. The former city solicitor has informed me that this process is indeed legal. But I don’t understand how it can be – except that powerful people who benefit financially from these votes have been successful in changing the law so it works for them. To give away these kind of tax-payer dollars with absolutely no possibility for public input is a travesty of what this country represents.