If not, you might want to get down to the City Council meeting tonight, where the Council is set to talk about repealing their self-imposed term limits that currently restrict people to three consecutive terms.
Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have to state that I personally don't support the idea of term limits. Voters are, in theory, all grown up, and should be able to make decisions like these for themselves. If they don't understand the graft, corruption and deep-brain paralysis that can settle in on politicians serving endless terms, well then, they should pay closer attention. (And it's fascinating how poll after poll seems to show widespread support among voters for term limits - but they always tend to vote their incumbent back in.)
However, in Port Angeles, given the already systemic constipation and corruption we face, the thought of unlimited terms strikes me as very much not a good idea. Given the well-known advantages incumbents (even lousy ones) have when running for office, if this change goes through, it might even tempt Larry Williams to move back. Even if that weren't the case, the notion of potentially having Mayor DiGuilio for life and Councilor Cherie Kidd for decades isn't pretty.
I have always lived in the castle...And hope that I always will...
What about you? Do you support term limits in general? Do you support term limits in Port Angeles? Is this the City's idea of an April Fools joke?
YOU MIGHT ALSO BE INTERESTED IN...Seeing the City Council agree that, because the City screwed up in planning how to refund utility taxes, they are going to give Nippon $200,000.
Per the Council meeting package for tonight, the City's own memo states (with emphasis added):
During the claim evaluation and subsequent negotiations, it became apparent there are issues the City should address in the near future. First, our current Industrial Transmission rate ordinance should be clarified to eliminate any future uncertainty about calculation of the rate or the utility tax. Second, the City should have prepared a full Cost of Service Analysis of the Industrial Transmission rate class. A full COSA has not previously been done for this rate class. The COSA would provide objective information for City Council to evaluate and, if appropriate, to be used to change the change the rate calculation methodology for the IT electric rate class. The cost of the COSA is a cost to be allocated in the costs assigned to the industrial transmission customer that are then used to determine proposed rates to be charged. If the settlement agreement is approved, staff will begin work on both of these issues in the near future.
In other words, they should have had information ahead of time - and didn't - but went ahead and made decisions anyway. Nippon cried foul, and, to make them feel good about everything, the City is going to fork over $200,000. Well, actually, Nippon gets the money (within ten business days) and the citizens of Port Angeles get the fork - again.
But once the Council approves this huge payout, City staff will "begin work" on making sure something like this never happens again.