sam's notes

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Disappointing N&R coverage of last night's City Council meeting. The meeting went on for almost five hours, and all we get is this this story, a short account of Skip Alston telling the council that he didn't mishandle $1 million in city loans for St. James Homes.

Perhaps the biggest story of the evening was the rezoning of the site at Old Battlerground Avenue and U.S. 220, which will allow for a major mixed -use project to proceed. If you remember, Granite Development withdrew plans for a retail project on the site because it did not follow the the city's comprehensive plan.

While the plan drew opposition from many because the site is on a watershed-critical area, the project passed by an 8-0 vote, with council member Robbie Perkins abstaining due to business conflicts.

The other big event of the night was the presentation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As reported by The Inside Scoop, the discussion was not on the agenda, so technically speaking, no formal action could take place. Commission members were expecting an endorsement from the council, but Mayor Keith Holliday held the line, although he was open to motions from other council members. But the only action that was taken was a motion to put the issue on a future council agenda.

Holliday's biggest concern seemed to be what the local media would report should the council vote not to endorse the project. Why? Does anybody think there would be serious political repercussions for council members who voted not to endorse the project?


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