The Push That Never Came
By Laura Sanchez
Not only did the Feb. 5 Council meeting lack pitchfork-toting, cell phone-brandishing mobs--almost no one showed up at all. Deferred bills included training day care staffs to detect sexual abuse and a cost-benefit analysis of a streetcar system. Councilor Michael Cadigan's memorial encouraging the State Legislature to support school board elections on the same day as municipal or state elections passed unanimously.
And little pink piglets fluttered around the chambers when Councilor Sally Mayer passed a moratorium on building permits for an area near Indian School and Louisiana. Mayer, who usually opposes land use restrictions, decided a newly erected warehouse in her district was so oversized, ugly and close to the street that guidelines were needed to make building heights and setbacks more compatible with existing neighborhoods.
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