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Here’s The Scoop…Like Sand In The Hourglass….

LIKE SAND IN THE HOURGLASS….SO ARE THE COMMISSION MEETINGS IN 2009…

Like sand through the hour glass, so is the maths of our lives.

Quick somebody tell me…what year is this…can’t?…You are not alone, my friend….sorry to say…. you are not alone…

As we begin this new year…all seated in Jarvis Hall…the usual “suspects” in their usual spots…on both sides of the hall…. The room  filling up with whatever “splintered” group has come make their voices heard…or not…over whatever it is that has put “government” suddenly and disconcertingly…. squarely at their front doorstep…forcing them to make this uncomfortable trek…

Like so many that lined up before them…whether it was for the VFD…EMS….term limits…sidewalks…one-lane El Mar…parking….Overlay Districts…heights….you name it…if it’s rattled their world…they mobilize and they come…en masse…signing in…to make that center aisle walk up to the podium…partaking of their allotted 3 minutes…..

Lucky for “Da Boaters”…it’s “wind up” time…to 2010…and election season…months away…with the  “scorecard” already being kept…at the LBTS local-news wars headquarters…… the many LBTS early morning coffee klatches…along with  hush-hush “grass roots” board meetings……

Seeing a “sliver” of hope for “naive” voters that don’t  yet have a clue of what chaos he, their  north side “neighbor”… the Vice Mayor has wrought in the preceding 3 years……he never fails to seize the “moment”….. rise to the “call” for yet another “David” VS Goliath minute in the spotlight……no matter how many trips to the bathroom…(ala a previous Commission member…who quickly realized his dais days were numbered…is there something to this?)…thus….”Da boaters” may have walked away this evening….with a “stay”order to keep their boats…

The “catalyst”….. he exclaimed …a “threat” of a lawsuit from his former rival Vice Mayor Kennedy’s wife Beverly making it known in her 3 minutes  at the microphone…  if the Commission proceeded to enact any sort of “grandfathering”-  in of  the pre -annexation boats …and a break between meetings that brought out…the potential of voters…the much needed “newbie”-voters…arriving at his “doorstep” with a cause…and a need for someone to “fight” for the “little guy”…the kind of “miracle” for making this 2nd term candidate’s heart a- flutter…ready to break out into song…….

Forget a chicken in every pot…it will be a boat in every driveway..in the north…(previous scoops category It’s Da Boaters Stupid)…..a paved street in front of every home..( in the south).a “plan” to save the existing swales….(green…is good…and popular with voters)…..unless of course they’re paved…then they’re “outta here”…but that’s ok  because it’s at the Town’s expense…(although we have no money…that is until the”fated”- fees arrive)…….It’s good to be in the year prior to election….a candidate’s 4th and final in their 1st term…

So …for the sake of retaining the 1 year old “Mc-status quo”…line em’ up…”Come back…please”…It’s about time..you’re the answer to our prayers….a “cause”…we missed having one…In 2008 after wiping out the past “causes”…by the beginning of March…we floundered…with no real “cause” to sink our teeth into…and the ones we wiped out…well …”forget about it”…That’s like a asking a kid to clean his room…it just ain’t going to happen…not if they can help it…Just shut the door and pretend the laundry pile is not growing …and the dishes are not growing penicillin…out of sight…hopefully out of the voters minds…at 13 months and counting…

The tried and true “diversions”…were wearing out their welcome…the “investigative Gotchas”…Green-gate…business cards…”witch hunts”…and “traitors”…were getting a little “old”…So maybe…. just maybe…the result of this “bean counter” Town Manager…with her eye on those fees…those wonderful…plentiful fees….(I hear another song coming)… to come from all these town-wide “sections of code”…(code-speak  for code sweeps)…… not only  bringing her accounts up to par……with the multi- town funds becoming “flush” ….but suddenly  presents an unexpected “gift”on the dais…in maximum P.R. camera viewing…… for the former cop…providing him much an even meatier role than “David” this time around……in pre -election mode……He can play “good cop…bad cop”…and offer all those hit by the Town’s “pulling us together as one town”….(exactly how many years does that take anyway?)…with “sections” of uniform codes…bringing “sections” of uniform citations… feeling “their” pain…after putting his finger up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing…and deciding to go for “IT”… the “will of the people”…the voting people…the unaware…in the dark…(he’s hoping) voting people!…CHA CHING!…

We sat through almost 7 hours of the Manager’s “mantra” call…”I need direction”…more often than not… falling by the wayside…still…. almost one year out…A disconnect between the inquiries and answers…Items put forth for code revisions and ordinances …without clarification…without full comprehension…once again being “handed” over and passed “as is.”..without any revisions…even those the Commission discussed positively being included…In many situations…all due to that disconnect…insufficient answers …and the dais’s most outspoken member suddenly getting bored……

It starts the new year as sadly as the last one ended…with confusion on the dais…a matter of  “personalities” and “wills” with  obligatory pointed arrows sent from Commission member to Commission member and Manager to Commission member…..with  a few flying “out of bounds” to the residents below…Culminating in who “up there” outlasts whom…. on the topic du jour….. the inevitable ….. “cut to the chase”…leaving grains of sand stacked up at the bottom of the hourglass……only to be turned over …..one more endless time….in what unfortunately appears to be ….one more endless year….

Detailed  commission meeting overviews to come…

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