By: Diane Benjamin
The City Manager wasn’t at the Council meeting last night. I suspect he was here, since he goes every year:
The ICMA Annual Conference is the largest annual event in the world for local government managers and staff.
The conference is being held in Seattle. (ICMA = International City/County Managers Association)
Are Bloomington’s local issues the same as other cities around the world? Do you expect your local government to make decisions based on local demographics or some plan implemented by some guy on the other side of the country or globe because your City Manager heard it at a conference?
Are conditions in Bloomington better or worse because David Hales spends your money to attend every year?
A list of sessions he can attend can be found here: https://members.icma.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Webcode=BNEICMASES&SessionType=Educational%20Sessions
I wonder if he signed up for the one on Ethics.
Here’s the problem. Bloomington’s government thinks they must manage all, control all, and therefore create utopia for all. Citizens want basic services that only government can provide. They don’t want spin, subsidized development, and agendas favoring “friends of government”.
Right now government is winning. David Hales is continuing his indoctrination on how to control you. Local government is failing, but that doesn’t stop them from finding new ways to keep making progress. Increasing taxes and debt is immaterial if a government goal can be achieved. Basic services aren’t seen as the main purpose of government.
Elections matter. Bloomington elected people (except Alderman Lower) who believe they are smarter than you. They feel entitled to decide your future and they believe they must make you pay for their vision. Lying is just part of the job when necessary to accomplish goals.
I bet you can’t wait for David’s glowing report on the conference!
More on ‘making progress” next.