Monday, November 15, 2010
Parking Deal Passes
Well, it was an entertaining debate, but the parking asset transfer to ACS passed the City-County Council, 15-14.
Republican Christine Scales voted with the Democrats as did Libertarian Ed Coleman. As expected, Democrat Paul Bateman voted for the proposal.
Councillor Vernon Brown, a Democrat, got in the best zinger of the night. In his explanation of the proposal, Councillor Bob Lutz, a Republican, said that one of the reasons to do this proposal was because government doesn't make good business decisions and regulating parking involves business decisions. So, when given an opportunity, Brown said that he agreed with Councillor Lutz that Mayor Ballard's Administration does a poor job making business decisions.
Councillor Coleman also revealed that he had received 33 e-mails today and that all 33 were for him to vote against the proposal and that not one wanted him to vote for the proposal.
In the course of the debate, Council President Ryan Vaughn acknowledged the appearance of a conflict of interest since the law firm he works for, Barnes and Thornburg, had a hand in the negotiation of the proposal. Despite this appearance, he voted for the proposal anyway.
Again, the inability for Democrats to stay on the bus together sunk the ability to overturn a bad deal for the city and its residents.