As things become more competitive in the city council races; I want to put forth this warning in order to make sure that whatever you may feel toward the Mayor, or the city’s policies; may not reflect in the way you vote on November 3rd. Yes, our four-year mayor has managed to generate anger from Turkey Hill to Plum Island; and especially in the South End and Back Bay which have received the full brunt of her policies.
The city in general is just now beginning to receive the considerable tax increases and ramped up water & sewer bills, educational ‘service’ fees, etc. and the simmering is just under a boil and may even be ready to knock the pot lid right over.
But if you have obviously noticed; many measures designed to benefit the citizens; not monied groups or outside developers; have graciously come from the leadership of the city council.
If you recount, though they lost on the LHD issue, historic preservationists roared back and took a majority of the seats. They have done much good but now our powerful Mayor has basically divided their loyalties – are they for her “bulldozer” approach or do they continue to stand for preserving our high quality of life by keeping our historic neighborhoods?
Don’t, because you are angry at some of the councilors closest to the Mayor, cast them out and replace them with candidates who would actually cheer the Chief Executive on in her destructive policies (I refer to the gutting and destruction of historic houses). Don’t put inadequately-equipped candidates in just because you are furious. Don’t put in one-issue candidates, thugs, crazies, criminals or demagogues just so the whole city’s administration gets ‘mucked up’ – it will only make things worse.
Mayor Lisa Mead in her first term was actually pretty good and she accomplished a lot, and people genuinely appreciated her contributions to the city; but then she resigned and went to work for John Kerry’s presidential bid. She came back and easily won re-election.
But she had changed. Instead of calling her followers Meadies, people began to label them Meanies; and the mayor was no longer the happy, smiling candidate from before. For whatever reason, she just plain got mean.
So, in a shocking slap in the face, at the next election; they chose Al Lavender (Who by the way was just as surprised as Lisa that he had won!) Not prepared, he started making mistakes – he made a weak Host Agreement and today, we celebrate his creation (and the odor that frequently reminds us all) by staring at the highest structure in the city, the Landfill (unofficially called Mount Lavender). Still in litigation and still troubling the community. He arranged for patronage deals such as selling part of the rail trail over by March’s Hill for example. Worse, because he was not prepared, some 9 million dollars in state & federal grants were literally turned away during his administration.
The city was set back for some years.
Don’t put in someone that will weaken the council which, in turn, will only make the Mayor stronger in doing things,