So, part of the reason I like to watch Council meetings is cause I’m a big nerd who really wants to know what’s going on with the City. But I also like watching them because they’re hilarious. You can always count on Desley Brooks to squeeze in some totally awesome snide comment in at the expense of one of her peers. And Nancy Nadel says something comically out of touch at least once per meeting. And I can’t keep myself from laughing by the way Dan Lindheim gets so excited and all puffed up on the incredibly rare occasions where he knows anything at all about the subject being discussed, and just can’t help but jumping in to insert his totally uninteresting factoids. But by far the best part of any meeting is the public comment.
Sure, sometimes it can be tiresome, and the idiotic or straight up untrue things people say can get you pretty riled up if you care about the subject at hand. But there’s all sorts of delightful characters at the podium. If you can get over your rage at the fact that anyone listens to them, the NIMBYs and their melodrama are always good for a laugh. I think my favorite comment this year was from the guy who came to yell at the Council that he parked outside City Hall and didn’t pay his meter, which means he might get a parking ticket while he’s at the meeting, which would be taxation without representation. It was pretty awesome.
Anyway, I totally have a new favorite public commenter. Her name is Paulette Hogan. You may remember her from a video I had up here for a while:
About 50% of the time she comes to the microphone, she’s pretty much like that, and I end up laughing out loud uncontrollably. Other times she’s like, done some yoga or something and calmed herself down, and has fairly insightful things to say. Anyway, guess what folks, she’s running for Mayor.
She’s got a bunch of little three minute speeches on there if you want to get a feeling for her agenda. Most of them sound pretty much like this one:
I highly recommend going through and listening to some of them during your holiday. I would not recommend listening to every single one of them all in a row like I did. I now hear her mantra in my sleep. “Service is any city’s life blood, everything flows from it and is nourished by it. Welcome back to the City of Oakland, where we still believe customer service is not a department, but an attitude.”
There are certainly some areas where I sympathize with her. For example, it’s hard for me not to feel some affinity when I hear her yell “Nancy Nadel! Step down! Step down! Immediately! Resign! Resign!” But some of her other stuff is a little out there. She hates the entire Council, except for Rebecca Kaplan, who will get to be both City Council President and Vice Mayor under her regime. Concrete aspects of her platform include:
- need to recalibrate City budget
- City Council should take a 50% pay cut
- devote over $100,000 to AIDS prevention and education
- declare a State of Emergency in public safety
- an end to cronyism and nepotism
I know people are looking for an alternative Mayoral candidate besides Don Perata or Jean Quan or Ignacio De La Fuente, so I thought I’d just throw it out there that you’ve got another choice. Personally, I’m going to wait a little while before committing to a candidate.