Whereas Chairman Conrad pushed through a resolution in a questionable time frame with questionable ethics, demanding a vote in March that gives one Park entity unfair use of the commons area known as the Greensward;
Whereas after receiving emails and other communications about the issue from citizens he, in theory only, represents, Conrad sent out a form email stating that “citizen emails do not help;”
Whereas Conrad stereotyped his opposition as “Fringe Elements” in executive session, and upon realizing that this statement was his Howard Dean’s Yowl that ended his career in politics, tried to clarify his statement, making the situation worse;
Whereas Conrad assumed the authority of a king when explaining the “Fringe Element” statement, ascribing guilt of a minor spray-painting incident and barrier rearrangement to Park protesters without due course of law confirming the guilt of any party;
Though we appreciate Conrad’s statement earlier that the ordinance’s third reading will be held until after the conclusion of mediation, there was an appalling lack of clarity regarding this process, thus obfuscating the democratic process in which his constituents should be able to participate. Furthermore, the ordinance lacks proper documentation, exhibits, and evidence.
A large and growing group of concerned citizens with deep networks and influence have begun the formal process of a recall.
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