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I don't think that "a report of some type" or a report "which if nothing else, provides an outline of what corrective action is being taken to prevent possible misconduct in the future", will suffice.
Perhaps the newspaper could investigate the legal precedent for withholding anything in the report and who gets to decide what is released.
How could the investigation not be conducted as a criminal investigation? There are three types of allegations in the original letter and the two subsequent letters in support of the first..There is workplace misconduct creating a hostile work environment, gross mismanagement, and criminal allegations. It is also alleged that both the City Manager and the City Attorney were informed about some of the problems 15 months before the first letter, and they did nothing. Furthermore, some of the allegations, by necessity, would involve cooperation and collusion from other people and departments outside of the Police Department.
Everyone is looking for someone to save them. Meanwhile, attendance and participation by the general public at Council meetings has trickled nearly to a halt. That's the biggest problem. More people need to get their hands dirty, figuratively speaking.
One fundamental difference between City and County, that I think is important, is that City Planning staff makes recommendations to Council while County Planning presents thorough information but does not take a position.
This is so romantic!!
.This is classic "good-old-boy" government. The City Manager and Council leadership will do anything they think they can get away with, and dare people to catch them. Then they disparage the people who insist that government act legally and ethically.
This November's City Council elections may end up being a referendum on whether we want this to continue.
Deb Hinsvark is already implicated in this matter. It is alleged that she had been informed about some of the problems raised by Dave Kleiber, 14 months before he released his letter, and did nothing about it. She was taken out of the chain of command overseeing this investigation. That's why we had to hire Karl Gills as an independent communications officer. Why should she have any say about the dissemination of the information in the final report? She'll be lucky to have her job after the investigation is complete.
Very thoughtful input, Jon.
Scott- You.re right. The argument that the City needs additional funding sources for transit is completely bogus. The $140,000 denied to transit before last Winter was spent anyway on emergency measures like the West side shuttle and bonuses to drivers to prevent an imminent collapse of the system. This is not talked about often enough. You know as well as anybody how much money this City wastes. Their conduct was negligent bordering on criminal.
On second thought, let's just cancel the bus system and become Motown. Detroit is reeling, and we already have the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge.
At the last Council meeting, we were informed that there would be a 16 to 20% reduction in efficiency if buses must wait while each passenger pays a fare, regardless of the method. That means that we would need more buses and drivers in order to deliver the same level of service on the same routes.
We were also informed about the extra expenses that would be incurred for the infrastructure and labor needed to collect, count, and process the payments.
How much does all this add up to? How will it affect guest experience? How will it affect the behavior of residents?
The transit system is inextricably integrated into our Community Development Code, our planning and approval process and our physical infrastructure. Council had better think very carefully, and look at the big picture, before tinkering with it.
This editorial prematurely and irresponsibly jumps to the conclusion that the answer is to charge fares. There's nothing like jumping to conclusions and proposing solutions before you even understand the problem.
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