Jeff Smith noon, March 8
League Cites Establishment in Bid for Longer "Strong Mayor" Trial Period
The League of Women Voters will use arguments once advanced by quintessential establishment members when it asks the city council's rules committee this morning (Feb. 3) to extend the trial period on the so-called "strong mayor" concept. The corporate welfare crowd, particularly developers, would like the matter rushed on to the ballot and the system made permanent. Voters initially approved the idea in 2004; among many things, budgeting functions would be consolidated under the mayor, who would not be on the council. The league strongly believes the trial period should be extended to 2014. "Extending the trial period would simply maintain the status quo, while giving voters adequate time to monitor the strong mayor system, without any disruption to city business," says the league. It says it borrowed "appropriate ballot language" from the final report of the 2007 Charter Review Committee. Some of its members: John Davies, Alan Bersin, Donna Jones, Mike McDade, Vincent Mudd, Duane Roth -- the very heart of the corporate welfare clique. Touche.