They’ve been denied meeting space, they’ve been denied information and they’ve been denied staff time. Now they will be denied the right to convene committee meetings. Here is the response of one City Councilor to this latest blow to Council authority and autonomy (Originally e-mailed to the administration and Council, forwarded to us by a contributor):
“This is absolutely astonishing. The administration has unilaterally decided to cancel meetings of the standing committees of the city council. It has also gone ahead and put out public notices that it has done so. All without consulting with council or with the committees who set their own agendas. We have seen several instances of the administration unilaterally including things on or pulling things from committee meetings agendas over the last four years. In each instance that I was aware of they were reminded that they do not have the authority to do so without the consent of the committee members. This one steals the prize for audacious and improper conduct. Whether you look for separation of powers or checks and balances or you believe in simple courtesy and cooperative processes this is outrageous. Have a nice weekend”.