Friday, March 6, 2009

Cross Over To The Darkside


Sometimes the ole adage if you can't beat em join em rings true. Famous people have embraced all the dark side has to offer. Some wear it well, others not so much. Those making the grade in the dark arts: Darth Vader, Karl Rove, Dick Morris (toe fetish, Clinton Strategist) Ruppert Murdoch, Scott McClellan (Bush Tell all author), my husband (switched to a blackberry aka crackberry from the ever elegant iphone.)

Ever been tempted to cross over to the dark side? Me neither..except this past week when I read about an initiative underway seeking Town Council Term limits. My gut is that this is one initiative long overdue, and apt to be welcomed with open arms. The only caveat? The people who brought it to the helm.

On Febuary 11th our town clerk received a check and paperwork from former town councilperson Steve Glickman to start the initiative process. Just in case you fell off the potato truck last week, and are not privy to my own private Idaho like series of events with the a fore mentioned council person here's the recap. It all started with a very public verbal bitch slap in the form of a three minute angst filled shaming of councilperson Glickman due to his crankiness about censure and inappropriate use of power (dark arts thing shining through) then of course sprinkle in a few other public comments about the skatepark platform and self serving nature of it's placement during a re election year. We all know how that panned out.

But the dark side has ...gasp...a point.

Don't look for a big french kiss from me anytime soon Mr. Glickman..but it is a worthy cause to tackle-this time. Term limits would be a good move to unseat bumps (or lumps) like the decidedly un- dynamic duo of Joe Prizinski and McNutt. These two mind melds have the mental weight of a grilled cheese sandwich. The flip side: we loose a star council person of all supernovas' Ms Barbara Spector, and that would be a huge loss. Maybe too huge. Time to turn a new leaf in local politics? Stop teasing!

The last election was an eye opener for me. Smear tactics abound, money thrown around by the crown prince who now sits at the Dias...you remember. Do you think term limits could or would possibly change all of that? Quite possibly YES... Let's not forget the cost involved, in the ballpark of $60k of taxpayer cash to execute this initiative process.

When the weather clears, and you see me at the farmers market with pen in hand and clipboard perched on my hip, don't be surprised. You heard it here first.

12 comments:

SusanB said...

Say it ain't so Christine..Is it possible for you to even consider working with that slickman character?

Anonymous said...

You deserve the bitch slap..

Anonymous said...

Joe Prizinski is like a big pink pimple on the ass of our local government. McLump is just a larger version.

MessRX said...

Why f*@k up something that's not broken? So what someone bought a seat on our local council. Happens all the time in national politics. You are so
NAIVE.

Anonymous said...

Baby, bathwater, both tossed out?
If you don't like 'em, vote 'em out! You are willing to loose a gem because candidates, fairly elected by others, but not supported by you, continue to win? Seems like if you support term limits you have no faith in the electoral process.

Anonymous said...

Term limits would be a welcome gift to the community. I agree that the loss of a Barbara Spector would be great, but maybe with just a two year commitment we could have people who actually represent me and my age demographic.

Anonymous said...

to argue term limits are not required in LG..as the editor of the los gatos weekly recently wrote...because term limits eliminate choices of "good candidates"..is a tough sell...

without term limits, glickman is eligible to run again..or any other blogsonofabitch who buys an election and remains a fixture on council..

as time meanders past eight years of service..one has to question one's desire to continue service on a local city council...what is the motivation? or is alzheimer's setting in?

those who start with good intentions may eventually loose their ways..go against their own better judgements..we are only human..put on this earth to err..

it all comes down to the buffet table..how much food can one or should one shove down just for fuck's sake?

burp..

LouLouBalm said...

You miss the point here Ms. Buzz- The local scene politically has always had a taint. Changing the limits will not change the make up of who seeks to sit on the council. It's a thankless job that only a few passionate people aspire to. My question is- Why didn't you run? Put your $ where your lovely mouth is and make a change. You would be a welcome breath of hot air.

Anonymous said...

By all means, let's go for it! Term limits have served us so well in Sacramento.

Anonymous said...

schmucks one and all representing our town

Anonymous said...

Maybe I am missing something, but if the council is so bad, how did they get elected to begin with? Maybe the silent majority know more than the vocal minority.
And LouLouBalm has it right. Put your $ where your mouth is. Run yourself! Or is it easier to throw bricks at others, all while one is trying to sell their house and move out of town?

The Buzz said...

Me...throwing bricks?? Stones maybe...after all this is just a simple exercise in public participation so pull your pants outta the crack of your ass.