I attended the Candidates Forum last night and was awed by a spectacular display of populist demogogery worthy of the great Huey Long. This candidate laid claim to every good deed and positive action that has occurred in our fair city since before he was born. A repeat winner of the Janice Cader Thompson Award for repeatedly stonewalling development, he nonetheless claims be solely responsible an economic revival in P-town, the benefits of which (he promises) WILL come. A vote for this individual is evidence that the particular voter... A) has amnesia, B) lacks the basic cognitive skills required to participate in electoral politics, C) would really prefer to live in Venezuela.
Word has it that after the city raised some of the speed limits without regard to the condition of the affected roads, the organizers of the Baja 500 - a celebrated off-road endurance race that has been known to destroy the most durable of vehicles - have contacted city officials about the possibility of staging the the Petaluma 100: 10 laps around the city with the winning driver taking home the prize - a new spine.
They say that birds of a feather flock together. Not a bad metaphor for a town that grew rich raising chickens and where many local politicians specialize in chicken s--t behavior. Apparently the Progressive, e.g., anti-growth, City Council majority want to insure that their opinions are represented on the Planning Commission through the choice of a candidate whose sole qualification seems to be a history of protesting growth of any kind. I think they need to change the commission's name to Planning Hospice - where dreams go to die.
At the Sonoma-Marin Fair this week the games of chance that line the midway are good, honest, wholesome fun. Not so the games played at the City Council. Sleight-of-hand, misrepresentation, and misdirection are the hallmarks of a Council majority ever-determined to achieve their so-called Progressive agenda by any means available.
So spaketh the oracle of Petaluma. It would appear that positive thinking is the new substitute for prudent action among the City Council majority and the would-be next mayor, David (through the looking-) Glass. Now that the citizens and public employees have risen in collective revolt at the ruined city tax base and the empty city coffers, the presumptive leader of the no-growth majority now takes credit for moving the Target center forward. Next, I imagine, he'll take credit for tomorrow's sunrise and the bi-monthly tidal surge in our slough.
It's fascinating the way that political movements hide their agendas under a smokescreen of euphemistic or outright fraudulent terminology. This is true of all shades of the political spectrum so spare me are outraged polemic about how I'm always teeing off on the Progressives, though they make it so hard not to.
Budget.jpg"> No matter whether it's Washington, D.C., California or Petaluma, politicians willingly ignore simple arithmetic, cast fiscal prudence to the wind, and put future generations in hock, in order to curry favor with this or that interest group in hopes of hanging on to a job that they're clearly not fit to do.