Council Journal

Great baseball and great timing in Minnesota. The Twins take the AL Central crown in 12 innings and leave me 15 minutes to get to City Hall. Now my evening only gets more exciting. The council will issue proclamations up the wazoo and dissolve the dreaded Sister Cities Commission. I can’t wait.

7:20 p.m. The council has just honored several local businesses for being reasonably environmentally friendly and the Mission San Jose Little League Team, which won the NorCal championship this year. Now they’re proclaiming Oct. 24 as Make a Difference Day.

Last year I made a bowling bet with my now former roommate. If she won, I had to grade a quiz taken by her high school Engish students. If I won, she’d have to write my Make a Difference Day story. She beat me on the last frame, and I was a tough grader, especially to the kids who answered in text-message talk.

This year I kicked her butt, but I can’t actually let her write the story, so all I got was an ego trip and no papers to grade.

7:27 p.m. Wynn Grcich is here. She’s very passionate about getting Fluoride out of drinking water. None of you probably know who she is, but she speaks out at public comment time. Sometimes she gets very animated, but not this time. She’s going after Bill Harrison for not reading a water report. Grcich wants to know why Harrison doesn’t want to protect his kids from brain damage. She just handed us a printout from the Internet. Marshak, who still dressed like he’s mourning Johnny Cash, gave his copy to Nina Moore of the Fremont Chamber. I’ll probably glance at my copy and then recycle it.

7:30 p.m. Now a man is talking about a problem he’s got. I’m having trouble making out what he’s saying. Sounds like he’s not happy about rent laws or lack thereof.

7:34 p.m. A gentleman from the mobile home park near Pacific Commons — I think it’s the South Lake Tahoe Mobile Home Park. He’s neighbors with last guy who was talking. It seems they think they’re getting an unfair rent increase. I see. Under City law, the mobile home park can raise the rent 15 when a mobile home is sold. These two guys are arguing that that’s too much and makes it hard to sell their spots.

This guy just mentioned the issues at Besaro, which is well chronicled.

7:50 p.m. The city lays out it case for dissolving the Sister City Commission. But a Sister City Commissioner just made an impassioned plea to keep the commission alive even though they haven’t had a quorum in nearly two years.

Of six commissioners polled, two supported dissolution, while four opposed it. Wieckowski and Natarajan aren’t here, so if the commission is to be dissolved, it will take aye votes from all three council members in attendance.

7:56 p.m. I just got an email that there is non-stop ding-ding-dinging at the Paseo Padre train overpass because a freight train is sitting there. The emailer wonders why there has to be dinging since the train tracks are now separated from the street. Good question.

7:59 p.m. Sue Chan asks a lot of questions. She’s got two newsies back here with their head in their hands. But I’m learning stuff, and it’s only 8 p.m.  She’s made clear that if the commission dissolves, it can just recreate itself as non profit. Now she says instead of sister-cities, more cities are doing friendship-cities. I have no idea what she means by friendship cities.

8:08 p.m. Wasserman wants to kill the commission. Says it hasn’t been terribly successful.

8:10 p.m. Looks like there’s three votes to kill it. Harrison says thanks for all your hard work commissioners. And it’s dead. Meeting adjourned.

Matt Artz