Dec 11, 2013
commented on Murray Announces New Staff Shakeups
These are all pretty competitive salaries. You get what you pay for. I'm glad the mayor is doing his best to attract the best talent possible. Bargain shopping for city executives is a bad idea.
Dec 10, 2013
commented on Is Gigabit Squared in Trouble?
I really think a public utility is the way to go. Clearly we're pretty good at managing our electricity, sewer, water, and garbage. We can manage our Internet service as well. We just need to provide safeguards and oversight to ensure civil liberties are not violated by the city -- obviously we have work to do at the Federal level in this area still.
Currently the digital divide in this city is pretty significant. Can you imagine a fast food worker paying $50 - $80 for high speed internet? A public utility will help us get everyone online regardless of their income or where they live.
Dec 4, 2013
commented on City Council Will Halve Prosecutor's Anti-Pot-Smoking Fine
I think the ban on public consumption of marijuana is futile and inhibits the community's ability to capitalize on tourist revenue. Unless the Sheraton or other hotel chains are prepared to offer marijuana smoking rooms, where are tourists going to go to smoke their weed? And honestly, who among us really gives a shit if someone wants to smoke a joint while watching the sunset on the beach? I understand this provision was added to I-502 to make it more palatable to the masses, but we need a legislative fix that allows people to consume marijuana products in spaces outside their homes. Whether we make room for alcohol free coffee shops like Amsterdam, or just admit that people will be smoking weed outside from time to time, we need to take a realistic approach. Pretending that this behavior can be legislated away is naive and short sighted.