Blindsided by Council again

Dear Editor:

On July 29 at 9 a.m., Penticton City  Council was to have a meeting to “sign some documents” and the mayor would poll council to see if the Skaha Park issue should be re-visited. The latter was not on the agenda.

OK, nothing there for this “no” person to worry about, off to yoga. While I was away in the land of Zen an email came into my computer. “City Council had decided to have a meeting  at noon to discuss revisiting the Skaha Park issue. We could have our say.”

Two hours notice.

Congratulations mayor and City Council, you blindsided us again.

I got home at 12:30 p.m., read the email and  went directly to City Hall. The meeting was about to be closed as these busy people on council had other meetings. Standing in my yoga gear I did speak, I have no idea if they

listened. Staff certainly didn’t listen on July 10 when I put  18 questions  to them — no answers yet.

The World War  II bomber is  in  town. What  would those boys think who fought in the war (and many died) for democracy of the total disregard of  democracy  at City Hall?

This is a defining issue for Penticton. It will show who we are and how we want to be perceived. It speaks loudly to what we believe in and what we hold dear. It will physically show what we want to become and what we will look like. It will show  what we want to leave for our grandchildren.

Mark  Aug. 4, 6 p.m., in red  on your calendar. Come early to  City Council Chambers, get a good seat, you may even see democracy in action.

Lynn Crassweller