If you’re looking for a typically scintillating post on the momentous Westcliffe Estates Community Meeting last night – sorry! It’s hard to report on events that you’re not allowed to attend.
I was banned from entering the building – when I arrived on the bike-taxi with wanderer on board we were told that wanderer and her squeeze could enter, but me, I was banned on the authority of president Bill, who was plenty steamed that I was raining on his parade.
I still respect you, Bill, but quite a bit less. Please consider carefully what you’re doing – sooner or later you’ll have to square it with your conscience.
To enforce Bill’s edict several other poor souls were on duty to make sure that I didn’t try to sneak into the public meeting: Greg Dack, the six-figure Manager of Corporate Security, two police officers, Rick’s hitman Jay, my buddy Bruce, and some of Mayor Watson’s people. Surely there are better ways to spend our tax dollars?
I’m not complaining – I was better off outside peeking through the window, as nothing exciting seemed to be going on inside. Mayor Jim delivered a long, boring electoral speech about why he’s the greatest invention since sliced bread, Rick got to perform his standard stump speech, and everything else went tickety-boo. The promised “free refreshments” lacked lustre. I’m guessing there were about 25 people present, not a bad turnout for a community association meeting, but hardly representative of the entire Westcliffe/Bells Corners community.
Rick had a few of his taxpayer-funded employees on duty to make sure that everything went smoothly. The missus, looking ravishing as usual, was there to lend support to her man, and all the usual characters were in attendance to protect their interests.
On the good news front – even though Bill has banned me for life from public meetings, I’m still allowed to post on the Westcliffe Estates Community Association Facebook site, as long as I behave myself and not write anything that will offend any of the persons in power.
Welcome to grassroots democracy, Rick Chiarelli style! Pretty crappy democracy, in my humble opinion, but way better than in Syria or Libya!