So long Zuma and Mike and Matt and the rest of you homeless, crazy druggies who come to every City Council meeting and waste your time shouting, singing and preaching to deaf ears.
Next week the council will unanimously to approve a change in Rule 12 proposed aptly enough by Smith & Wesson banning you for up to 10 weeks without a warning if the Council President decides you have been disruptive or your actions cause others to be disruptive.
In discussing it Wednesday, Richard Alarcon was inspired to mock you as pitiable in his own sardonic way by feigning to find find inspiration to work harder for a better world because he sees you wasting your time and lives by coming to every Council meeting to speak your minds when none of the members cares or listens to what you have to say.
This measure was designed by the Council’s lawyer, Deputy City Attorney Dion O’Connell, a nervous and irritable man whose sense of decorum is easily offended by anyone who strays for a moment for the issue at hand or in any other disturbs his need for strict orderliness.
Questioned about what the measure would do, O’Connell stammered in confusionwhen it turned out that the change to Council Rule 12 is simple enough: The Council President can ban a speaker for up to 30 meetings (at least 10 weeks) instead of 30 days without any warning necessary.
Whether the warning is given or not or how long the ban is and what constitutes disruption of decorum or who is responsible for it are solely up to the discretion of the President
Here’s how Councilmen Greig Smith and Herb Wesson, authors of the Smith & Wesson Rule, explain their motives:
The man Smith praised as the kind of regular Public Commenter that’s OK, Eastside activist Dr. Clyde Williams, takes issue with the Smith & Wesson Rule as arbitrary and illegal and offers to fund a legal challenge to it.