I am really worried about The Rooster. I think he might have been abducted by aliens or something. Or maybe unquiet spirits from the Land of Ho have swooped down off the mountain and dragged him away to play a starring role in some sort of ritual sacrifice. Could it be those pod people are back here in Sierra Madre, and an ear of corn that has taken on the guise of Rooster Coburn is running around town saying the most unexpected things? Except they somehow gave him the brain of Sir Eric Maundry? Which, believe me, is not for everyone. Especially on such a short notice.
So what is the source of my concern here? It appears that Rooster wrote an article for his News.net website that was not only right, but actually criticizes the Gang of Four! I've read his post about four times now, and the words haven't changed. And he also said nice things about MaryAnn MacGillivray! Will Glenn and Susan ever speak to him again? Are they now stitching up a voodoo doll with his name on it over on Sunnyside?
We're just not used to that level of independence from a card carrying member of the old No On Measure V crowd. Here I'd always figured that once they were in, they were in for life. No one has ever returned from the land of shadows before. Perhaps the microchip somehow became dislodged when he was out jogging, and pure unfiltered thought suddenly flooded back into the brain pan of this long inhabited fellow? If so, it must have hurt.
I'm just not sure what to make of this. I mean, here is the guy who, during the election, accused me of wanting to outsource a volunteer fire department in order to save the city money. To have the author of so zany a statement as that suddenly go and get rational on us? I got to be straight with you, the dude is scaring me. For real. You have to wonder if something might have gone wrong.
Here is what the person I think might be The Rooster had to say:
... But man, did (the City Council) screw up on the General Plan issue. When it started out, it seemed like only one Council member, Nancy Walsh, was really leaning toward expanding the General Plan Steering Committee, yet somehow it ended up that the Council voted 4 to 1 to do just that.
Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray, in my opinion, came on a little too strong at the beginning by asking her colleagues to repeal what had been approved as a compromise at a previous meeting, the authority to appoint technical advisory committees to assist the General Plan Steering Committee. I think she asked for too much, too soon. But she ultimately offered up an obvious solution, one that would have been an excellent compromise. Her second motion, which died for lack of a second, was to accept the Outreach Program, and leave the Technical Committee appointments on the table. In doing so, the Council could have allowed the Steering Committee to begin its outreach program and show the council just how inclusive it would be, and if the Council felt it was being inclusive enough, they could repeal them at a later date. If they didn't feel it was being inclusive enough, they could just appoint the Technical Committee.
Instead, they decided to expand the Committee to nine members. I think that was a monumental error. And they compounded it by then tasking the Committee with a job that they had just made impossible to do. How can the Committee come up with a timeline, when they have no idea how long it's going to take to find out who is on the Committee?
I hope that Committee Chair Denise Delmar doesn't become so frustrated that she quits. She and the Committee did a great job on the work program and the outreach program, and I think they were off to a good start. If Delmar leaves, the Council (except MaryAnn MacGillivray) owes an apology to all the residents in this town.
A little light on any exploration of the City Council's possible motivations perhaps, and certainly focused much too exclusively on the here and now. But when we're talking about a breakthrough as significant as this one, there isn't a whole lot you can do other than scratch your head in wonder. Did you ever think you'd live to see the day?
Remember to drive safely today. And be careful in all that you do. After all, it is Friday the 13th, and the unexpected can occur.