Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Mayor of New Brighton

This Star Tribune article on the latest nonsense out of New Brighton city hall generally speaks for itself, but one passage deserves special note, as it neatly crystallizes the problem at the helm:
Instead, consultant Barb Strandell, who has worked with squabbling city councils around the region, will lead a “team-building” exercise in January that may include personality assessments.

Strandell learned how steep her challenge is at a recent preparatory session when Mayor Valerie Johnson declared: “I don’t want to walk into another meeting where the first words are, ‘You are not a dictator!’ ”

When Strandell sought to cut in with a soothing, “Well, now, just let me say …” the mayor was having none of it.

“No, I’m going to keep talking,” Johnson said. “It’s my meeting.”
Keep talking, Mayor Johnson. Keep talking.

We'll come back to this topic in the coming days.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

Oblivioussssss is what you are. (Sung to the tune of Unforgettable by Nat King Cole)

Bike Bubba said...

Lots of money quotes there. The one I like is that the Council's suit wasn't denied on its merits...sorry, no, but the quote is "based on all the files, records, and proceedings herein". I am looking forward to more "Groundhog day" of the scoundrels fighting this out, and "team-building" is not going to fix the problem. What will fix the problem is public apologies and resignations of the scoundrels.