Yesterday's blog post about the ruckus in city council over a new Pearl District loo sparked a lot of controversy in the comments. So last night I went back over the spat on the city's video archive, and pulled the relevant clip for you to watch:
VIDEO CLIP: YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE HEARING AT THE CITY'S WEBSITE
The clip begins with City Commissioner Randy Leonard placating one of the neighbors by telling her to go back to the Pearl District Neighborhood Association with her concerns, and work something out there.
Then City Commissioner Nick Fish steps in, and seems to scold the neighbors for bringing this issue up at a time when there is tremendous need for restrooms and a great deal of NIMBYism greeting his efforts to site homeless feeds and warming centers around town, as well as toilets, which are part of the city's strategy surrounding homelessness.
About six minutes in, Mayor Adams has to get involved with his gavel as an audience member—another Pearl District neighbor—starts calling out in the middle of Fish's speech. It gets rather heated, indeed, and there's great camera work from the city's technology people to capture the heckler in action.
Who do you think comes off looking better: Adams, with his sturdy gavel? Leonard, with the smooth buck-passing, back to the neighborhood association? Fish, with the calmly raised 'don't roll your eyes at me' hand—passive aggressive, moi? Or the irrepressible heckler lady? Go, heckler lady! Go! No, don't. Don't!
Sorry, council just isn't usually this interesting to watch.
UPDATE! Screw it, let's do a poll.
WHO COMES OFF BETTER?