At our February 25th meeting one council member engaged in a very lengthy Q&A session with staff about a proposed ordinance banning the use by most merchants of single use plastic bags. This was followed by a somewhat less lengthy speech by the same council member re-iterating the positions made clear during the Q&A. Throughout this, the rest of the Council said very little. In fact, one council member urged four of us not to participate in the Q&A or discussion, which is essentially what happened.
Why would Council members stay silent? I can’t speak for my colleagues, but I’ll tell you why I did. Even though I’m rarely at a loss for words .