wonkazoo, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on September 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm
I lurked here for a month. Reviewed past posts, etc. Then started commenting here and there. The discourse is often heated, and devolves into something other than the original topic. Such is the nature of this type of media.
In my time here though, I held on to my original belief that you wanted to help and we're a leader in this community. That people listen to you.
This thread is not the dialog of a leader. This does nothing to help the community or provide focus on topics at hand.
If this is the only way that people have access to the goings on at a City Council meeting,snd they are counting on you to explain, the message is clear.....even you, the most outspoken and effective of our residents, isn't interested in bring a community together.
We need leaders who will rise above all this crap, and represent unbiased, the needs of it's citizens....above all.
perryirmar, a resident of El Granada, on September 16, 2015 at 5:54 am
The title of this thread would either interest you, or not.
If it does, you would I suppose read the first post by the writer of the title to the thread.
So in other words,
the writer of the title to the thread will be the writer of the first post contained therein.
The point is the very first post,
the one in which a posit is made and illuminated,
the author writes:
"for pure entertainment..."
Perryirmar, don't take yourself or this platform so seriously.
It is after all a thread whose chief stated purpose was and is
"for pure entertainment"
bigsea_, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on September 16, 2015 at 7:17 am
You make a great point. At the same time, this is sort of serious stuff. That's why I asked earlier if the purpose of this forum was satire in an earlier thread.
I was told no.
I have nothing against poking fun. But you can't have it both ways.
My point I guess is, this could be an remarkable platform, instead of
A center ring.
I still hope to contribute, and totally get a community sense of humor is important.
Thank you all for the time and over explaining you've had to give me.
Still scratching my head at mayor rotation.
perryirmar, a resident of El Granada, on September 16, 2015 at 8:08 am
>>>This thread is not the dialog of a leader.<<<
You may well be right. It was written from the point of view of a rogue in the peanut gallery, and it was intended as a fairly light-hearted satire/humor piece, that is at least as accurate as it can be.
>>>This does nothing to help the community or provide focus on topics at hand.<<<
Actually I think it does help the community. Last night's meeting (Before the Mayor's contretemps) was to be a dry, droll exercise, and if my thread disseminated just a small part of what happened to a wider audience then so be it. Further- CC meetings are (as a rule) incredibly boring, filled with self congratulatory nonsense from the dais, and are thus almost painful for most people to attend or watch. Thus having a sense of humor about them is actually not a bad thing at all. (You go to two years of meetings and then re-read this thread- I think then you will understand a little more why it is more appropriate than you may think.)
perryirmar- TA is not a monolithic entity, all good, or all bad, all serious or all follies and silliness. I posted yesterday about the Valley Fire- it was an intensely serious post, one that took the time to try to humanize the impact of what is happening just 90 miles away from us. Last night I obviously posted a light-hearted live-blog that was intended as nothing more than an accompaniment if you were watching the stream online, or a quick (and obviously tongue in cheek) recap if you were curious as to what (if anything) had happened.
TA can be anything you want it to be. If you write and engage people in a respectful way they will engage with you- if you don't then they won't. Either way you are completely free to write whatever you want- which is the beauty of this forum.
Finally: You probably already know that I ran for election last year- and one thing I can tell you is that if I had been elected and was up there last night- I would have absolutely no issues with another community member doing his or her own live-blogging exercise in whatever form it took. In fact I'd actually encourage it as it would be one more avenue in which the public could interact with our local government- and with each other. Not everything needs to be super-serious and if I say something inane or funny then people are well-entitled to have fun with it.
Cheers- I hope you choose to stick around!!
wonkazoo, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on September 16, 2015 at 9:54 am
DCE, honestly, I meant what I said. I get and certainly enjoy the humor.
My thinking here is that when you get rolling, you have a crap ton to say that makes sense.
You make an effort to be the voice that rises above it all.....then this. Always directed at the cc, no matter the topic.
The entertainment value is huge....but it comes at the expense of a bit of credibility. You get what I mean?
You are doing nothing wrong, and people seem to enjoy the discourse.
I know I've learned stuff and laughed. I just don't know if I would have voted for you. At the end of the day, that's what matters here.
perryirmar, a resident of El Granada, on September 16, 2015 at 10:23 am
>>>I just don't know if I would have voted for you.<<<
Great thought- and worthwhile too!! I think given your participation you would have watched the debates- and given those events you hopefully would have made an informed choice- and whatever it would have been I would have totally respected it and been OK with it.
Whatever else may be said it is the case that I've been very consistent since I entered into the fray, and (perhaps despite that fact) 1300 people still voted for me- just 80 or so less than one incumbent and 40 less than the other. For better or worse I'm different, and some people get that and think it is a good thing, others get it and think its a bad thing. But no matter what I promised myself that I was going to be who I am- I'm not going to modify myself to make me more presentable, or simply popular- for purposes of getting elected.
As Popeye said "I am Who I Am!!"
Thanks again for your thoughtful input. I may not connect with you on every issue, but I appreciate your passion and willingness to get involved and to speak your mind.
wonkazoo, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on September 16, 2015 at 10:37 am
If this were ANY workplace the Mayor would be DISALLOWED from entering the premises again.
In addition, the perp might be prosecuted and any conviction would look really bad on their DOJ background check.
A conviction for violence always always means preclusion from Federal employment.
I guess being mayor fluffy has its advantage...
bigsea_, a resident of Half Moon Bay, on September 16, 2015 at 11:13 am
perryirmar- Bernie Sanders did the same thing for tonight's debate.