Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 | Is Jerry Sanders an oaf, senior statesman or what? We elected a mayor. The campaign was to get the City back in financial order. We needed to solve issues with Sec and get back in the good graces of the bond market,get the corruption out of City Hall. He was to hire a top manager and he would concentrate on getting the audit done and getting the unions back to the bargaining table (must be secret meetings). We/he knew it would be a difficult job when he ran for the office. He convinced us he was up to the job. A lot has happened, but we are still obligated for more than $1 billion in pension funds, we have not renegotiated with the unions, we have not privatized jobs at the city. Now his manager has left. He doesn’t think business people understand how a city runs. We need someone within the culture to work with it. I’m beginning to think maybe we need to rethink our choice. Maybe the county Republicans should not have given such an early endorsement!
I think we still need massive changes at the city. Maybe we need someone outside of the culture of government to get things done. We need to get the city fixed now. If things don’t happen soon, then 2008 should be a year of change.