By: Diane Benjamin
Just for fun, watch a Bloomington Council meeting without the sound. Observe what the people who aren’t talking are doing. Some of the facial expressions are priceless.
The speakers do some entertaining things too – like this: (just two examples, there are more)
Think Jenn and the Mayor are a little cozy? Here’s Tari playing Joe Biden:
Is there a rift between Scott Black and Jenn? Jenn couldn’t be sitting much closer to Tari and farther away from Scott:
I heard the Tari and Jenn left the meeting together for a few minutes. It isn’t on camera, it was probably during a presentation where the camera was on the speaker. That fact came from someone in the room.
I wonder if Jenn knows her texting during a meeting is subject to FOIA:
The fireworks started during the discussion of appointments.
Scott Black had mentioned a few people from Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit went to Justin Boyd’s downtown office to ask him to withdraw his name for appointment to the Connect Transit Board. Scott didn’t approve of their actions.
Carrillo spoke next. She stated civil disobedience and direct action may be the only way to effect social justice change. She approved of their actions, she plans to remain an activist instead of a representative.
What followed needs some setup. Tari Renner has a long history of vilifying comments from aldermen who don’t agree with him. He frequently responds their comments with some of his own. As Mayor his job is to facilitate meetings, not control the content of the discussion.
Donna Boelen spoke after Jenn, Tari of course had to respond. Donna’s microphone wasn’t on when she called Point Of Order, it’s a little hard to hear. Tari acted like he had every right to prattle on – Kimberly Bray then instructed Tari on the role of Mayor. Of course he didn’t care and started in again. Donna interrupted him again.
This meeting went on a lot longer than scheduled. It was Tari’s job to keep it within the time limits specified or ask the Council to vote on additional time. As the facilitator he failed.
The meeting at this point had been going for more than 2 1/2 hours. Maybe everybody was tired and realized they were achieving nothing. Tari’s behavior is nothing new. It is enlightening to see alliances evaporate and reform elsewhere.
Council meetings will be contentious until some members realize they have limited to no influence over the other members. Tari will be a target until he learns his role. That won’t be easy since he’s been acting this way for so long. Stacking the Council isn’t working for him.
Get the popcorn ready and hit play: