The Dog & Pony Show of NMB

(Stephanie Kienzle)   Thanks to a three day migraine, and the desire to simply not be aggravated again, I chose to watch the North Miami Beach Council meeting last night on my computer instead of attending in person.  I’m glad I did because I honestly don’t think I could have controlled myself if I were there.

I commend the Mayor, George Vallejo, for letting the crowd know in advance that he expected them to behave.  The Clerk read a statement that included not only the Civility Resolution, but an additional admonishment that cheering, booing and other inappropriate behavior in the audience would not be tolerated.  Surprisingly, it appears that everyone complied.  Well, almost everyone.  In all honesty, I probably would have escorted myself out of the room a couple of times for the occasional outburst of “OMIGOD!  PUH-LEEZE!  GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK!”  I had a hard enough time containing myself while watching it in the privacy of my own home.
I’m pretty sure the police officers and its UNION have no idea what effect this staged dog and pony show has on the council and the residents who actually understand the financial situation the city is facing.  But, I can tell you they’re not exactly helping their cause by swarming the meeting and trotting their supporters to the podium one after the other to tell their sob stories, while they ridicule the residents who don’t fall for them.

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