At Monday night’s nearly 7-hour-long council meeting, Councilmember John Erickson bristled as Councilmember John D’Amico made an early exit after Council chose not to table a contentious item on job protection for hospitality workers. D’Amico requested this item to be tabled according to the rules of city meetings at 10pm. On the top of the each agenda is this note:
Note: Any agenda item which has not been initiated by 11:00 p.m. may be continued to a subsequent City Council meeting.
D’Amico and Councilmember Lauren Meister had pushed to move discussion of the agenda item back until next council meeting. Mayor Horvath opted to ignore both the council members request and then was joined by Council members Erickson and Shyne. Horvath, Erickson and Shyne are the Union’s lock on the city council. In addition it should be noted that Mayor Horvath did move 3 items to the next meeting. Those items were 4C, 2J and 2M. But did not move the item she brought forward regarding Union workers. Mayor Horvath has announced her run for county supervisor and is seeking labor support in her race.
The moment came about 5 1/2 hours into the meeting.
“Thank you Mayor, I’m going to go,” D’Amico said, waving goodbye before logging off the Zoom meeting. “I appreciate everyone’s hard work.”
Erickson immediately took issue ignoring the rules and D’Amico’s earlier request.
“I was elected to serve and represent the city,” Erickson said. “I understand he has different priorities, but I’m here until whenever we gotta go.”
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