For Carl Beckman to complain that Tim Goodwin is acting dictatorial is roll-on-the-ground hilarious. Is this the same ex-mayor who committed the city to major contracts without even informing the Council (or the public) that said contracts were primed to be let? (I guess we like to play this kind of hyperbole: If some refer to "King Tim", I can name a great many who knew the ex-mayor as "Emperor Carl I".
Further in the "pot, meet kettle" category, I would suggest that everyone look at a small sample of posts and comments by Mrs. Anderson on Follitics (say, a couple of hundred - only a small percentage is necessary) and then compare her statement quoted here: "I can't stand a bully".
1) 357 citizens was the number of signatures that had been validated by the Elections Board when they called it quits; there were many more pages of signatures had they wanted to continue, but there was no point. I think it took a grand total of two weeks to gather all these signatures.
2) The Council had no legal right to "[consider] a partial ban or another compromise". By law they had to consider the proposal "substantially as written" on the petition. If it passed (as it did), the petition language was enacted as an ordinance. Please note that any CHANGES in this ordinance are MUCH EASIER given that it's a Council-passed ordinance rather than as a plebiscite-enacted one. It it had failed before Council, the proposal would have gone to plebiscite (vote of the residents). Quite a risk, given the stirred-up nature of the electorate following the fracas regularly termed a "riot" by papers, TV, and radio. ONLY if the proposal had FAILED both in Council and in a popular vote could any "compromise" proposal be made... but what would be the point if those were the facts?
3) Astoundingly, tax receipts from businesses ROSE over the previous year for the months following the widely-reported "riot". I would think most people who'd heard of a "riot" occurring somewhere would avoid that place until they heard more reassuring news. It's hardly significant to highlight year-over-year comparisons until some kind of stasis has been established.
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