Comment 69387

By ScreamingViking (registered) | Posted September 11, 2011 at 17:38:37 in reply to Comment 69386

That wiki article certainly paints them in a negative light. And if there was a concentration of power involved, I can understand why.

Would there be a way to keep the good parts of the idea, without the poor ones? For example, instead of being an "executive body" making decisions - the "control" aspect of the board - simply give them the same powers as the other councilors, even if each member has a focus on a specific area of city business (which to me would just mean they take a more active role leading discussion on those issues, chairing committees and being the primary voice for related issues)

My hope would be that such an addition to council would bring a more holistic perspective to meetings and debates and balance the voting. There's no guarantee of avoiding partisan politics, but perhaps it would help the present climate at city hall.

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