(Apologies to the Tale of Two Cities blog, and Dickens!)
Yesterday I issued my formal endorsement of CBs 58 and 59. Today I would like to write briefly on my observations of the demeanor of the principals on both sides of this debate.
I attended the New City Alliance's fundraiser last Tuesday evening. It was attended by about 150 people; it was diverse in every way-- age, gender, race, political persuasion, and professional background. (I'll assume religious diversity as well-- of course, you know you never talk religion at these things!) The mood was upbeat and positive-- the organizers of the event had set up stations where attendees could send last-minute e-mails to the County Council, give video testimony, and do other things to support the pro-58 and 59 effort. It was an energizing evening and frankly, the most fun I've had at a community event in a long time.
On the other hand, the opponents of 58 and 59, to my knowledge, have had no such events. In fact, they appear to have basically conceded defeat. They are already into the next phase of their crusade, wildly throwing haymakers about campaign contributions and vowing retribution against any elected official who dares support the bills-- most specifically, any County Council members or the County Executive. Of course, all of these individuals are useless to the opponents now too, since they have apparently failed to see the wisdom of their argument.