I am saddened and amazed that following Councilman Mattucci's request for a staff report on the number of coyote sightings and attacks, his action did not receive unanimous support.
The purpose of local government is to protect the rights of its citizens, and that includes public safety.
Coyote sightings have increased, according to a number of reports, but many residents have told me that they feel reluctant to report anything since nothing gets done about it. As I have shared before, it's a rising concern when discussing any issue with people in the city.
Councilman Goodrich claimed that the number of coyote sightings and attacks have decreased. By what metric did Councilman Goodrich argue this point? The last report on coyote sighting was published two years ago.
I think the public deserves to know how Mr. Goodrich reached this conclusion, because that is not the consensus from people in the community. Mayor Furey and Councilman Rizzo, please explain why you rejected Councilman Mattucci's motion?
To conclude, I commend Councilmen Mattucci, Chen, Griffiths, and Herring for seeking a staff report on the coyote matter. I would like to see the entire city council operate with a cooperative mindset to consider the best interests of all city residents on matters like the coyote sightings and attacks.
Arthur Christopher Schaper