Steve Ward has served on the budget advisory committee for 5 years, and served as chair for 2 of them. He posted the following article on his personal Facebook page. By his kind permission, we’re reproducing it here.
Folks, the money’s getting spent whether you want it to or not. In my opinion, $15k is a small price to pay to take another step toward restoring reason on city council.
Take five minutes with Englewood’s city charter and then ask yourself if District 3 councilmember Laurett Barrentine has the right to contact any city agency for non-emergency service on behalf of a citizen. (She doesn’t. Charter paragraph 32 prohibits her from interfering with any city employee.)
Watch a few Council sessions in their entirety and ask yourself if she provides the type of leadership Englewood needs. Pay special attention to her fractured relationship with our city manager and her fellow members of Council.
Listen to the cutting remarks. View the interruptions. See the off-topic filibusters. Watch how she enables citizens with whom she agrees and undermines those who do not fall into line with her.
Travel the community and see how she poisons individuals against each other and how she impedes rational, factual, polite civil discourse. Witness the half-truths she utters and the twisting of facts. (K-mart property? Giving Heart? Code Enforcement? EEF/EMRF?)
Get out from under her umbrella of ignorance. See and feel the light. Sunshine is the best disinfectant, and recall is the cure for what ails Englewood. You may disagree, but that disagreement should be based on fact, not half-truths, ancient history, and character assassination of the citizens who initiated the recall. Truthfully, I would not vote for Randy Penn or Jim Woodward if either one of them was seeking office again… unless they were running against HER.
Woodward and Penn certainly made policy mistakes during their tenure. They failed to properly mind the shop. They failed to manage former Englewood city manager Gary Sears. They sold the Depot which remains a blight and an eyesore but has garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity for the new owner. They oversaw the death of the Englewood Fire Department.
Those mistakes are small in comparison to the constant destruction and obstruction that the city has seen in the past three years of the Barrentine administration. She has driven good people away from civic engagement. She has frustrated competent managers and city employees into leaving for other opportunities. She must be stopped now, and recall is the only way.