Climate change

As reported (bottom of story) by my colleague Scott Smith today, Mayor Anthony Silva at last night’s City Council meeting pulled his controversial nominations for the city’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee.

Silva did not explain why at the time, but he told Smith after the meeting that he wanted to reconsider his picks.

The environmental community was upset with Silva’s plan to appoint a certified public accountant, Trudy Reed, as an “environmental” representative on the committee. Reed appeared to have little to do with any local organized environmental movement. Silva would have rejected both Trevor Atkinson and Dale Stocking, longtime environmentalists who have been involved with the committee from the very beginning.

Here, by the way, is Reed’s application. Judge for yourself whether she is qualified as a representative of the environmental community.

What’s not clear is why, exactly, Silva felt prompted to reconsider now, after his plan had already been agendized. He was made aware of the controversy as early as June 19, in a letter from the Campaign for Common Ground.

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