Wednesday, April 09, 2008

da plot boss

I just have to say I don't know whether to laugh or cry. As is in the news, 5 city council folks are being sued over their opposition to a billboard that was to go on the new Transportation Center Downtown.

So just fyi. The official Prothonotary I mean the Department of Court Records filing is online here: Lamar v. Shields et al. update: Let's help out those search engines and provide a fully OCR'd version.

Really, what is there to say? When was the last time city council persons were sued like this over a matter of their public actions? There really are some great quotes in the complaint. The defendants "developed a plot, under the auspices of their elected office". Makes you think the mob has taken over city council, but there has to be more to this.


Blogger EdHeath said...

So this is a civil complaint that might be seen as a mirror of the complaint brought by Dr Dowd and company; Lamar seems to be complaining that the council members discussed strategy and options out of sight of the public. Also that Shields et al delivered their complaint later than normal business hours.

I want to say that it is not the worst idea that City Council be held to the standard of a jury, ie, no discussion of official matters except on a record. That is fairly impractical, though, and also somewhat inefficient. What is fair to expect is that no matters will be decided except on the record, and no persons will give input for those decisions except on the record (well, if they tell a council member something in private, they need to repeat it in public).

Meanwhile, Lamar’s suit must be damaged by the revelation, by Pat Ford, of Pat Ford’s close friendship with a Lamar executive. I believe he signed one of the documents in the suit. The only thing Lamar can gain from this is to bleed Council members, or the City, some with attorney’s fees. Meanwhile, Mayor Ravenstahl apparently was blindsided by Mr. Ford’s revelations. Maybe Our Mayor needs to dust off that nationwide search. And a note to Mr. Ford, if you are worried about a blog revealing a scandal, it is probably not the best idea to go to a newspaper. Maybe contact Mr. Briem instead.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008 3:29:00 PM  
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