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The local paper neglected to report more serious issues about the current city council.
1. The relative inexperience of the members, and their frequent requests of information and directions on parliamentary procedure. Of the seven sitting members, only two of them have served on the council for more than two years. How many of them are aware of the long-term consequences of their decisions? Are they reading the supplemental materials provided to them in a timely and thorough manner? Some audience members have lightly faulted the council member for asking uninformed questions about apparent issues.
1. The meeting lasted well into the night. Mayor Pat Furey informed me the next morning that he did not get home until 12 midnight. Why are the meetings taking so long? Why are city council agendas so long? One local leaders shared her concern that the city council was extending the meetings in order to discourage residents from complaining about consent items, raising concerns, or asking deep, probing questions about the voting members' views, motives, and decisions on key items. Mayor Furey informed me that he would speak to the City Clerk and her staff to make sure that agenda items are spread out so that the city council meetings do not last as long.
These decisions need to be recorded, reported, and reviewed. The Environmental Movement to reduce carbon emissions, combat global warming, and segue from oil and natural gas is fraught with questions about its deeper purpose and core agenda. How much power will cities have to relinquish for these Community Aggregate programs? Why is the city spending time, money, and human resources instead of looking over "Back to Basics" issues, like repairing the roads and maintaining a high level of peace and security?
And why is Herald Publications not reporting on these crucial decisions by the Torrance City Council?