The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Got Ethics? Part Deux


Check out the video posted on David Rutherford's Plainfield View blog--click on link to watch Video: Council Discusses block 247, lots 7 and 9 to Housing Authority) about the ordinance to convey city property to the Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP). This ordinance is in direct contradiction to the city's economic development plans, our transit-oriented development, as well as the Master Plan. If it goes through, it will enrich a few of the usual suspects--whose ethical conflicts don't seem to matter to some of the councilors. Councilman Reid referenced some “alleged” conversation he had had with HAP Director Randall Wood yesterday about the “conveyance” of these properties which was apparently enough for Reid, Rivers, Greaves, and Taylor to pass the ordinance on 1st reading–even though what Reid alleges Wood told him directly contradicted the letter’s contents (in which Mr. Wood clearly asks the council to withdraw the ordinance, because Wood said it was premature). I think that Mr. Wood has some explaining to do to the housing authority commissioners about his private conversations with elected officials about official business. 
The only OFFICIAL communication we received was the letter on HAP stationery–it was also sent to all the HAP commissioners. Startlingly, Reid, Greaves, and Taylor actually had the nerve to say that they had not received the letter sent by Mr. Wood–completely untrue. I produced the email we were ALL sent on Friday, July 11, early in the afternoon–to each councilor’s email–and which was re-sent AGAIN a little while later with a correction of a typo. I also responded to the letter, very briefly–in a “reply all.” I don’t know what to say about my colleagues who clearly do not bother to read official documents, or who say they never receive them, when they clearly did receive them. This failure of basic professional responsibility is due to either neglect or willful obtuseness. 
I find the continued efforts to convey this property to Cecil Sanders at the expense of the economic progress of our city unconscionable. That Gloria Taylor continues to try and frame the discussion into a straw man argument about Plainfielders versus non-Plainfielders, as well as her coded racial rhetoric, is deliberately misleading. The ethical conflicts that Mr. Goldstein has referred to are clear--the conflicts of those on the city council as well as those of Mr. Sanders.  The law is CLEAR.
David Rutherford also posted another video--this one of the unprofessional behavior of Councilman Reid--click on the link for Embarrassing (video). There is not too much more to say, but this: Councilman Reid’s behavior speaks for itself. He was unprofessional to the point of the council president having to call a recess. When Robert’s Rules of Order was mentioned, he got even angrier.The sad irony is that this embarrassing performance came just moments after Reid spoke about how the council should behave professionally--this was in comments about our new corporation counsel. That he should then put on such a shameful display marks a pretty sad exit for him. 



  1. Nothing could bring more joy to many of us in the city than Reid's exit from office. It would have been better if he was defeated in an election for his poor performance in representing the people in his Ward.

  2. Nothing could bring more joy to many of us than to have Jerry Green gone!

  3. I tried to think of a politically correct way to say this, but I cannot. They are idiots!