When it comes to being a public embarrassment, Joe was the complete package last night. Maybe life in the lowest echelons of the Sacramento power structure isn't working out for him, and his emotions got the best of him?
Other topics were covered yesterday evening besides the invocation question. The Canyon Committee, the Canyon Building Moratorium and, of course, the Alverno situation being the three major ones in my opinion. And as far as Alverno goes, I can't help but wonder why everyone there just can't work this one out. We have this grand old institution here in Alverno High School, and we have a strong community of home owners who want to maintain their quality of life. Certainly there has got to be some way of coming to an agreement here. There are no bad people in this fight.
Alverno's neighbors might try looking at the situation this way. If Alverno High School were to financially succumb, pack up its bags and vanish, what would take its place? There are a lot of forces in this state looking for a place to park high density housing in Sierra Madre. Of either the low or high income persuasion depending on the roll of the dice. Or maybe even both. Consider the possible alternatives would be my advice. You could end up with something far worse than what you have now, and don't think there aren't those who would happily make that happen.
On the other hand, has Alverno taken the kind of responsibility it should in enforcing proper conditions on their property? The contention of those who spoke on behalf of the unhappy people in the neighborhood is that Alverno can, at times, be pretty much a for rent weekend party palace where the inmates run the asylum. Could it be that the tough opposition Alverno faces is of its own making? And now that there is something they need from a community whose concerns they ignored, their own indifference has come back to haunt them?
This is a City Council meeting post, and now is the time that I turn it into an open forum and let somebody else do the talking for a change.