Thursday, March 9, 2017

Adler commits to "transparent and available" transportation bond implementation process...


"The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit."
Ecclesiastes 7:8

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:



Highlights:

  • 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."
    • "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.
Q&A:
  • 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.

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