Monday, June 4, 2007

Hidden in plain sight

The June 5 City Council meeting features an agenda item on what to do about the dais that is, well, a bit too tall for some short council members. Documented proof below.

It's difficult to see the council, but Irene Sundberg (far left in the photo) is really just a tuft of hair to the audience. The council is looking into lowering the dais or raising their chairs (yes, it takes an official agenda item at a meeting to get higher chairs.)

As wonderfully funny as it would be to have the council members sit on grown-up Hi-Chairs, it might be even better to just leave them sitting in the basement. After all, that dais was made of bulletproof material at great expense. It kind of ruins the point if the council members are sitting above the protective dais. (Sundberg should be happy she's fully protected now — those Let Children Play Now! types are a bit unstable. One even brought a shovel to a meeting this year as a prop.)

Or perhaps it should just be left that way because of its current unintentional comedy (I'd say it's about a 7 out of 10 on the Unintentional Comedy Scale). From behind that ledge, the council members can't really see their constituents, and the council members are rendered largely invisible from the public. How ironic a metaphor do you want?

1 comment:

Erdos56 said...

All politics are local, and all local politics are hostile? I was amazed to read that the dais is bulletproof. It was a true doubletake moment.