Let's Look Back
Here are links to three blog posts from that time frame:
Note the projected aura of transparency while at the same time pulling what some council members perceived as a fast one.
The more one ponders the new situation, the more one sees a contrast between reassurance, i.e., the City Council is only being asked to approve negotiations toward a five-year tax abatement, and the fact that a set amount (40 percent payment only) is verbally on the table. Is this a classic sleight-of-hand case of misdirection? Look here, the magician says with one hand raised, while I do something you won't notice down here. But in this case, is the council itself expected to pull a rabbit out of the hat while blindfolded?
Somebody needs to explain where the UCIA is in all this. For quite a while, weekly City Hall meetings were held on redevelopment, with yet another consultant getting paid a large sum to guide the process. But what is there to show for it?
This is just one of several instances coming across lately as "fool me once" moments. I for one do not want my elected representatives to be fooled again.