By Dave Person
August 26, 2007
We need several things to get out of this morass. We need a borough government that nutures and supports a diversity of small local businesses founded by creative people instead of one that focuses only on large industrial flops. I would rather see 100 small businesses each employing five people than one big business employing 500. Not only would that create a more diversified economy, it also would prevent a single industrial monopoly from dominating and exploiting local government and resources.
We need borough assembly members who are willing to hold staff accountable for their actions. We need salary levels high enough to attract and keep competent and reliable senior borough (and city) management staff and we must make sure they are committed to serving us rather than their own agendas.
We need borough staff and council members to do a much better job communicating information to the public. For example, seldom do assembly members or staff ever post information or explain decisions on SitNews, an excellent medium for communication.
Finally, we need open government
to enable citizens to see what is going on. To that end, we
should all thank John Harrington for pushing through a policy
change that will allow local television to broadcast planning
commission meetings. The planning commission resisted that policy
for a long time but now citizens can see how much influence real
estate developers and contractors have on planning commission
decisions that affect their lives without having to attend inconvenient
Received August 25, 2007 - Published August 26, 2007
About: "Worked and lived in southern Southeast since 1992."
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