• If I understand this right, the proposed charter amendment could have kept the current 5% cap, as it is equal to or more stringent than the State requirements? Sadly, I voted for this deceptive amendment. Nice wording on the ballot. Why should anyone EVER question those in power to lead our fine city???? Well played Ms. city manager, charter review committee, and elected officials. Well played indeed.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:01 p.m.
  • A committee was formed last year to review the charter and make recommendations for changes. The recommendations were presented to council and unanimously approved by all council members to place them on the ballot. At the time of approval Mr. Hagan, Mr. Truman and Mr. Armstrong were on the council, all three voted to place these items on the ballot. All members of the council were provided detailed explanations of the changes. I believe proposition 5 was approved by the voters with the highest passing rate off all propositions presented, 83%.

    I am very disappointed and surprised in what has taken place. In my opinion information concerning all these amendments was made available to all council members and the public in numerous places and times. I will comment more about the specifics of Proposition 5 in the coming days. I am very busy with work for the next day or so. I look forward to the discussion.

    Paul Polasek

    June 7, 2012 at 8:04 a.m.
  • Zero--the folks responsible for Prop 5 are Cm. Tom Halepaska, CM. Paul Polasek, former Cm. Denise Rangel, former mayor Gary Middleton, former CM. Bill Russell and former Cm. Phillip Guittard. They were the committee that reviewed the current charter and decided where revisions needed to be made.

    If you will recall, Halepaska characterized these revisons as 'housekeeping', to clear up ambiguity and vagueness...

    Apparently their efforts were a success.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:05 a.m.
  • Good golly, it seems we are governed by a sheepish, doltish bunch of old men. There isn't a single person in this article that comes off looking smart. Who backed the charter amendment? Why isn't there a group or person that can be cited as being the originators of prop 5? VA, you all don't look much better if you can't provide the history of the amendment. I guess this goes back to the saying "be careful of what you ask for, because it just might come true."

    June 7, 2012 at 1:33 a.m.
  • lot of flip flopping downtown

    June 7, 2012 at 12:54 a.m.
  • Didn't Hagan vote to put these charter amendments on the ballot? I know the mayor did and to now overturn the wish of the voters is crazy. Maybe the council should have just voted against certifying the recent election results that narrowly ushered in the new council members. This is the same thing by not just ratifying what the voters asked for with the charter! If they don't change their vote at the next meeting can anyone say "recall"?

    June 6, 2012 at 10:32 p.m.
  • For once Mr. Halepaska is correct. Although the wording was very misleading. I assumed that someone purposefully worded it to be misleading.

    June 6, 2012 at 10:06 p.m.