Today. Hurricane Katrina. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
If you didn’t pick up your Islander you don’t know that the Civic Club meeting WILL NOT BE HELD TONIGHT. It has been put off until next Thursday. But to make up for it it will be held at the pool, no pool tags required. And Ice cream!
In my time at CLS, I have seen war between the Cave people and the Romeos almost continuously – I call it the 20 year war, much like the 100 year war with periods of active battle and times of peace. The only time I have seen relative peace – that means when the dysfunction did not spill out of the old city hall building – was with a balanced city council and a city administrator. The key is to make sure the Romeos or the Cave people never are in control of Council and therefore the administrator. A council with 2 Cave People and 2 Romeos with a swing vote from the Sundowners and a Sundowner mayor has been best. Then you have some Council members for low taxes and more trees/parks and some who want new businesses and better roads. But you have to have a neutral swing vote to stop the craziness. It has helped, in my opinion, to have a city administrator not controlled by Council as a buffer – much like the slow US government bureaucracy. Trouble arises when the swing vote is a minority tribe who can be sucked into one of the power tribes or when one tribe predominates. I think Council must always be 2-2-1 from the power tribes. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could find 5 calm, non-radical people for Council? Well, won’t happen – those people are riding carts, partying, boating, etc. Maybe they even have jobs! Sometimes, I just wish the Sundowners could take over – they seem less radical and their need for control focuses on things other than power. But, in the end, I wouldn’t like some of the things the Sundowners would do– like build a huge band stand or BBQ at Sundial. Who knows what it would be, but I might not like it. I just know I don’t want to be in political office and probably none of you would want me anyway.