"The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit."
Confession: Given his recent support for Ellen Troxclair's "affordability road map," Mayor Adler is on our good side at the moment. That being said, we asked him about a recent report about the implementation of the 2016 transportation bond at this morning's trib event. Our question begins at the 42:00 minute mark of the video.
On a separate note, we thought this was the best performance we've seen from Evan Smith in awhile; he hammered the Mayor on ridesharing and short rentals.
Most of the rest of the discussion was standard company line:
- Gives company line on Uber/Lyft.
- "Competitive market"
- Blah, blah "innovation."
- Same old discredited spin about fingerprinting in NYC and Houston.
- New companies "don't have the same reach."
- Author's Note: No [REDACTED] Sherlock
- Government and companies "need to work together."
- Author's Note: What could POSSIBLY go wrong?!?
- "Innovative validator badge."
- Blah, blah: "Innovating too fast"....
- Claims innovative companies want to be here because of council policies.
- Council policies = "Spirit and soul" of community.
- Same tiresome "local control" argument we hear over and over again.
- Long discussion of privacy act.
- Long discussion of school finance.
- Long discussion of sanctuary cities.
- "City will follow the law" if it passes lege.
- Gives company line on 2016 transportation bond.
- Dodges question re: potential 2018 transportation bond.
- 2016 bond implementation will be most transparent implementation ever.
- Author's Note I: We shall see.
- Author's Note II: If they want to come back with another ask in November 2018, they better have something tangible to show for what they already got by June of that year.
- Gives company line on Short Term Rentals.
- Evan calls BS on distinction between short and long term rentals.
- CodeNext: Need more people living along corridors.
- Need other population centers besides downtown.
- Author's Note: See his 97% quote here.