Despite the blustering of Mayor Joe Carchio and council members Don Hansen and Matthew Harper, the City Council voted to preserve the current configuration of the Mobile Home Advisory Board (MHAB) at the Oct. 3 council meeting ("Council maintains board," Oct. 6). Perhaps it was the presence of Julie Paule from the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Assn. (WMA), a front group for mobile home park owners, that inspired such political theater.
The WMA and Manufactured Housing Educational Trust (MHET), another park owner front group, have plied campaign contributions and support upon the opponents of the MHAB (especially Harper) for some time, so maybe these council members were giving their political benefactors their money's worth. Paule brazenly called for the dissolution of the MHAB in public comments. Overall, it was an embarrassing display of special-interest pressure to deny civic communication and representation to thousands of citizens in the city's 18 mobile home parks.
Kudos to council members Devin Dwyer and Keith Bohr for joining mobile home resident supporters Connie Boardman and Joe Shaw in saving the MHAB. It must have been doubly embarrassing to Dwyer and Bohr to see their erstwhile council majority colleagues go off the deep end like this. This, after the same council minority (Carchio, Hansen, Harper) lost a vote to prevent an environmental impact report from going forward to do something about the single-use plastic bag pollution problem.
The MHAB vote clearly showed which council members supported community interests and which ones remain totally beholden to their outside special-interest contributors. It is hoped that future meetings shaping the role and future of the MHAB will be more constructive in their deliberations.
Obama's jobs bill needs support
It is unforgivable that the Republicans in Congress are ignoring the wishes and needs of the people for jobs, in order to play politics with the economic future of this country, as they continue to block the president at every turn.
This job bill will create jobs, and that is why these clowns were sent to Congress — to help the job market and improve things in our economy. They will not be there long, trust me, when the American people see that they care more about damaging President Obama than they care about the economic recovery of America.
The polls reflect the frustration the country has with our mainly Republican representatives, who are getting nothing done and blocking every good plan of Obama's.
Now, the president has proposed a job bill that will help put thousands of Americans back to work, including veterans and teachers.
He is doing all he can to get this bill passed, and we need these jobs now. Stop this political obstruction of the president and pass the president's job bill now!
What are you waiting for? The Tea Party and 2012 elections?
Fight for middle-class families and not the mega rich and mega corporations, who need to pay a fair share of taxes.
Get something done on the job front, Congress — the country will thank you by reelection time.
Prudence and James E. Tedder