City Council is irrelevant, expensive, and petty.
Solution: The Efficient Government Initiative
Here’s my plan.
Let’s repeal all of Chapter 5 of the City Charter, thus abolishing Council, and replace it with a more efficient structure that will create the exact same legislative outcomes with much less drama. I haven’t worked out the charter language, but I’m leaning towards a five-member Corporate Council that would be directly appointed by corporate and real estate interests.
Look, elections are expensive and time consuming. We don’t get very good candidates. And why pay for seventeen City Council members when GCP and real estate people will happily sponsor five Corporate Council members with their own resources?
Best of all, a Corporate Council will deliver the exact same policies as the discontinued City Council would have. We need to keep wages low, maintain unqualified real estate subsidies, build more short-lived tourist attractions, let cops make their own rules, and continue neglecting ordinary services like street maintenance.
Unfortunately, there’s not enough time to get the Efficient Government Amendment on this fall’s ballot. I hope to have the petitions ready to circulate by then though. Who’s with me?