At last Monday’s Council meeting I made a brief presentation to my colleagues about wanting to ensure we continued to fulfill our policy- and law- making duties during this emergency (you can find the PowerPoint at the end of this article). “Let’s not interfere with staff’s job…but let’s do ours”.
There was reasonably broad support for this idea provided we were careful to not use up scarce staff resources needed to address the emergency. We decided to provide staff with ideas for further consideration. The city manager will consolidate and organize those and we’ll prioritize them at our next meeting.
To that end I’d appreciate your input on policies or rules we need to tweak or impose temporarily to help San Carlos get through this crisis. Feel free to suggest whatever you think is important…but recognize the bigger an idea is the less likely it’ll find support on the dais1.
Here are some examples that I’ve already heard or received or thought of:
- Restrict construction activity to reduce the noise impact on residents because we all have to shelter at home.
- Extend the County’s ban on residential evictions to commercial evictions.
- Adopt a “steady as she goes” budget to comply with state law.
- Temporarily ban all commercial construction to minimize viral spread.
I look forward to hearing from you. Stay healthy. Stay safe.
Here’s the PowerPoint I mentioned above.
You should make your suggestions to the entire Council. Doing so increases the odds that someone will propose your idea five-fold. ↩