"I Normally Don't Read..."
The Secret News, a news blog City Manager Pat O'Keeffe does not read he informs us, recently reported on rumors that he, Mr O'Keeffe has met behind closed doors with potential developers for building out the Sherwin Williams site, the last large piece of fallow land in Emeryville. The story wasn't intended to highlight that but rather to explain the need for citizen diligence with the selection of a replacement, owing to his looming retirement. The closed door meetings at City Hall were only mentioned in the story to illustrate the need for a change in the culture as we seek a new city manager.
In fact, it's hardly newsworthy that Mr O'Keeffe would meet with developers for the Sherwin Williams site behind closed doors, the public not invited, to plot out the development. That's the way it's been done for years here.
|"I normally don't read The Secret News |
or the Emeryville Tattler"
Ooops, your pants
are on fire!
The e-mail failed to mention The Secret News by actual name, readers might like to know, rather Pat called it "One of the two blogs that like to poke at City Hall". This was done in furtherance of Pat's refusal to utter the words "The Secret News" or "the Tattler" in any public setting. This longstanding policy, also adapted by councilwoman Nora Davis it should be noted, is emplaced because of the severe negative health effects Pat and Nora would experience as a result of their heads exploding upon those words passing their lips.
Pat wants the council to know that although he doesn't read The Secret News (or the Tattler), he can report on their "lack editorial discipline", not like the discipline that City Hall demonstrates as they pursue their ideologically driven pro-developer 'public' policy you see. The reporting by The Secret News and the Tattler, critical as they are of the doings at City Hall, don't meet with Pat's approval he says (although he doesn't read them) for they are "designed to misinform." Got that? Emeryville City Manager Pat O'Keeffe is complaining about misinforming the public, people.
|"The Secret News"...Kabloom!|
The back room culture at City Hall has been well documented and has been standard operating procedure since the days of the previous City Manager, John Flores. In fact, Residents United for a Livable Emeryville (RULE) was initiated to counter this back room dealing with developers.
Both John Flores and Pat O'Keeffe came from an economic development background and both were extremely tenacious and single minded in their quest to attract development to our town.
Emeryville's city manager's backroom style it should be noted is not like Berkeley where there's a very active citizenry and democratic action is the norm. Contributing to this is Berkeley's robust local media, keeping city hall honest. All told, it's pretty messy and not a very good way to quickly and massively develop a town however.
In Emeryville now, we seem to be leaving our adolescence. Toes are getting stepped on. The Secret News, the Tattler, RULE; it seems an awakened citizenry is something Pat is uncomfortable with.
We hereby invite Pat to start reading The Secret News and the Tattler (we'll have to e-mail this to him). He may find it's even worse than he thinks it is (presuming he doesn't read them).