First of all let me just say....the Reservation/JJP forum was hot. And I don't mean that in an urban, Spring Valley corridor type of way. I mean that in a "dear God, why did I decide to wear my spanx tonight" type of way.
Aside from that though, this forum was a lot of fun...for me at least....because I got a bunch of new material out of it.
So let's begin...
But I digress, last year I remember taking quite a few pictures and even recording a few tidbits here and there at this very forum. Evidently though, this is a League of Women Voter's rule...but not a law, by any means, so it'll be fun to see what CDH does with this one.
As for the actual forum, and speaking, and fumbling over words -it was brilliant.
After the first question regarding the reenergizing of strip shopping centers, I was able to make some pretty solid (read as: awesome) premature judgements of each candidate.
They are as follows:
Bobby T: Speaks about 'the way it is and the way it was.'
William G: Speaks about 'the way he wishes it would be.'
Solomon: Same thing as Bobby T. Kinda negative, but honest at the same time. However, he spoke much more aggressively and louder than I have ever heard him speak in a council meeting. I'm used to the leaning back in his seat, seersucker Solomon.
DeMattia: Speaks from experience, as a business owner (yet, did not try to sell me any of his insurance, er, I mean, pizza).
Laura: Speaks from the perspective of a resident, mother, and involved citizen.
Karl: I just wrote down "train wreck"...not sure exactly what I meant by that. I'll look for more notes later...because I do remember him saying something profound about the city's debt at one point...
Kendal: Let me preface this by saying, I want to like him. I have no reason not to like him. He seems likable. However, after the first question, I wrote down "told a weird story...Bob Macy of the race."
(Bob Macy got elected though, so there's always hope)
Denny: Oh, I looooooove Denny! Can I just tell you how glad I am to see his pointy little ears again! Denny is funny, and has awesome comedic timing. A good councilperson that does not necessarily make....but as a blogger who's about to lose her Murphy-zingers, I will take any zingers I can get. Welcome back, Denny!
Amir: The thing that makes me the gayest for this fool* is that he doesn't waste his words. He speaks with substance and as a citizen I really appreciate that.
Diana: Speaks from the perspective of a city leader. I appreciate that too.
All in all, we have a good bunch competing to serve our city. Like I said, there were some that I really wanted to like and didn't so much, and then there were also a few that I didn't like *cough* DeMattia *cough* because maybe, perhaps they cornered me once at an anti-bond meeting, made fun of my name tag, and then aggressively interrogated me about the need for a new fire station, I dunno....yet, I ended up liking those people a lot.
Also, Diana Clawson evidently eats iron nails for breakfast. Couldn't go without mentioning that.
And, another point made tonight- we the citizens need to vote for our own mayor. period.
I agree with Solomon (who ironically disagrees with me on this issue), that it is only a "ceremonial position." And that is precisely why I don't think it should have the power in this city that it does. The "who are you going to vote for as mayor" question is ridic, and causes so much unnecessary descension. Time to do away with that.
As for other highlights, Denny made a joke about putting up a wall at Spring Valley, but I saw quite a few people (including myself) visualizing the instant improvement that would offer. Good joke idea, Denny. However, I also wrote down "Denny loves Mexicans" but I can't for the life of me remember what that was referring to. I wish we had a video. Oh, oh, wait, that just reminded me or what it was. Denny mentioned closed captioning of the council meetings and suggested we might translated them into Spanish to gain more citizen involvement. Gracias.
And, I have a feeling "diversity" is going to becoming the "transparency" of this election. Crazy thing is I called that 'trend' 2 months ago while on the phone with Amir talking about a totally different initiative, so obviously that's something this city is interested in incorporating. However, Diana toting herself as the 'diversity' we need is a bit of a stretch. A caucasian Christian woman vs. A whatever-Amir-is Muslim... I dunno. Vaginas are weird don't get me wrong, but Muslims are still weirder. So stick to your strengths Diana, you're an HOA prez...and that's not chop suey.
I think that about wraps up all the major highlights. We've got some awesome candidates this election season...What do y'all think?
Anything else stand out that I missed because my Spanx were asphyxiating me?
*meant in an urban, Spring Valley corridor way.