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Two-thirds of those responding to this week’s online poll thought that the newly-elected City Council would work together better than the current council. About 17 percent thought they’d work together about the same as before, and about 11 percent thought the new council would work together worse than the old one. About 6 percent weren’t sure.
Here were some of the comments.
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“Each and every one of the council members have their own agendas, and they are sometimes not in the best interest of the citizens.”
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“A lot will depend on the next City Council election. There should be equal representation of the diverse make up and ideas of Petaluma. It is up to the Mayor and City Council members to do their job and make it work for the people. We cannot tolerate them being an extension of the bad behavior that is Congress. One group of idiots is enough. ”
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“Hubris — not a good thing. And that goes for the Argus too: Stop stirring the pot in your editorials!”
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“If they don`t work together we will have to vote the rest out also!”
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“What does working better together mean? I don’t want a council that thinks alike. I want diversity so that all the right questions get asked to protect us and our town.”
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“Since the outcome of the City Council election was not what I voted for, I can only hope they work well together for the good of Petaluma. I don’t want to see Petaluma turn into another Rohnert Park.”
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“I am hopeful that politics will take a back seat and the council will work together as a team to address Petaluma’s critical issues. I have lived in Petaluma for 25 years and have yet to see a team-oriented council with members who work together to solve the city problems.”
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“I have high hopes for this group, with exception of David Glass, of getting things accomplished in this town. Hopefully, I will not be disappointed.”
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“Petaluma voters must be insane if they think for one second that changing one member of the City Council will do anything to slow the rapid descent into complete failure that this town is heading toward.”
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“The council’s ‘progressive’ old-guard clique acts like the Republicans in Congress.”
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“Rebuild our roads and attract new businesses to Petaluma.”
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They will work better together because they are largely on the same page, backed by the same land use development interests. It’s great for efficiency but horrible for the public interest. What people don’t understand is that without checks and balances we’ll see much go through with little argument…..just 5 big rubber stamps.”
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“The mayor, for the good of Petaluma, needs to understand his leadership has cost him power. So with 5-2 votes the city will get back on track.”
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“Council members must hire staff that are resourceful for residents. If not, they are failing us as a public servant, period. They must be able to build bridges and listen closely to what residents are asking for or suggesting to improve the quality of life for all. If not, they fail again. So please, learn how to get along as adults, be mature and listen to your people that you represent. Don’t get a big head ego out of this. Really do us a real service and show us your creative thinking skills and how resourceful you are. Then we will decide if you were effective or not.”
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