BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL FAILS TO OVERRIDE KISS VETO OF COMMUNITY STANDARDS
A super majority of 10-4 was needed to override Mayor Kiss's veto of the community standards resolution on climate change partnerships. That didn't happen; the vote was 8-6. Disappointing and not unexpected. Republicans and conservative Democrats don't seem to want advisory ethical standards.
In 72 hours No Lockheed organisers were able to bring citizens to the meeting to speak out in favor of the override. Not as many as the 100+ that spoke in favor of community standards when council approved the resolution on August 8. The BFP quoted me: '"Without guidelines, you're going into (collaborations) blindfolded."' . Last night there were eloquent words citizens and some city councilors.
Councilor Bram Kranichfeld... stressing that the resolution was advisory and not binding (as I did in my remarks). He refers to an unnamed councilor [it's my Ward 5, conservative Dem councilor Shannon] and the mayor who were misrepresenting the resolution.
Councilor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was." - Molly Ivins 1944-2007
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... I blog from BURLINGTON, VERMONT. I'm a hustler about civic engagement & social action and I'll make publicity against a world that degrades and shames whatever way I can. Joy!