— When will LNP report on Tuesday night’s city council meeting? Does anyone have an idea? Please check back tomorrow.
JANET DIAZ SPEAKS!
Click here and go to 31:52 into the video of last night’s city council meeting and listen to Janet Diaz say the following:
I found it a little bit disturbing listening to the words of Mrs. Torres, if that’s correct, and I just want to say that as leaders we need to model behavior that we want to uphold in the community. It is our priority to engage our community with respect and integrity. We should not lose sight of what our core values are as government officials and it really angers me that something transpired that may have been – probably something that we could have resolved by just a simple conversation.
I have seen leaders lose their trust and respect for our community when others have over-stepped their boundaries – not only their value statements but when they have failed to display trust, honesty and transparency. We should not be using our titles or any type of behavior of intimidation or using others to intimidate. It is extremely profound for us to engage our community with respect.
I’m very simple minded and people do trust me and I hope that everyone else can trust our council members and be able to come and speak to them whether it’s in our chambers or outside without having to fear them in any way.
That’s all I have to say, counselor.
** The empty chair at the table is for Amanda Bakay. She was absent last night and Smith-Wade-El said her absence was “excused.”
* I don’t want to forget about Vladimir and I did not catch his last name. He spoke during the first public comment session during last night’s city council meeting. He politely complained about the new beer garden and the noise from the DJs and bands. He requested a zoning officer check out the situation and move the speakers and tone down the sound (click here for LNP’s, “Wyndridge Farm opens beer garden in Lancaster city, adds bar at nearby taproom”).
MURSE DOESN’T MAKE THE CUT!
This is unbelievable. The lead story on the front page of today’s LNP print edition is titled “Making the Cut” about the Cutting Edge Barber Academy.
Immediately below that is this headline:
So LNP Executive Editor Tom Murse had correspondent Rebecca Logan research and write a story ahead of last night’s city council meeting and in the five minutes it took to pass it, Murse ran the story as if that was their coverage of the whole meeting. Just resign, Murse! You are so transparent and an absolute disgrace to journalism.
Coming later today:
— It was council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El’s phone that rang twice during last night’s meeting. Turn it off!
— I hope to have transcripts of Nellie Torres who addressed council about meeting Smith-Wade-El at Tellus 360.
— A transcript of council person Janet Diaz’s closing remarks regarding Smith-Wade-El.
— You are running a city, Smith-Wade-El – grow the hell up and show some respect and professionalism!
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
FIGHTING AT COUNCIL
FIREWORKS IN JUNE!
What a night! It was a short session of city council but it was intense. Tony Dastra went after Mayor Sorace. A member of the public went big time after council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El as did council member Janet Diaz! And someone’s phone kept going off and I think that was also Smith-Wade-El. Wow!
Please check back later.