Today’s story about a public forum on the selection of a new city manager quotes one Marcie Bayne.
“The person who sits in that chair can’t be arrogant,” Bayne says. “Whoever it is, they need to listen to us when we speak.”
The last time I checked, Bayne was secretary-treasurer of the San Joaquin-Calaveras Central Labor Council. Perhaps she’s out of sorts because City Manage Bob Deis, empowered by the council, imposed draconian but absolutely necessary cuts on public employees. He helped break labor’s Svengali spell on the council. Since then it has become clear that a council that serves labor lavishly serves the public poorly.
Yes, the city manager needs to listen. But s/he need not agree.