Yakima Council Creates Confusion -Flip Flops on 2 All-In Votes
Yakima City Councilman Matt Brown is a little frustrated.
He shares his concerns and offers some positive suggestions for a smoother functioning City government.
Yakima 6th District representative Matt Brown wants to invite all of Yakima to a Liberty Caucus election event. It's a candidate forum for the 4 Republican candidates running for the three County Commissioner seats. The event is Wednesday evening at the Holiday Inn, 802 East Yakima Ave., starting at 6:30.
In addition to sharing the invite, Councilman Brown fielded a few questions about recent City Council action in which the Council appeared to have taken definitive stands on a couple of controversial issues, only to backtrack and go off on a new track two weeks later.
Pride Flag & SAFE Cities
In 2021 the City Council gave the OK to fly the gay pride flag on the west face of City Hall. A few weeks ago this council voted to take the stand that city buildings aren't special interest bulletin boards. It was a unanimous vote...only to have the council come back and reopen the possibility. Staff was directed to see how "other cities" handle it. Hey Council, how about handling it like Yakima wants it handled...and you already did that.
Another reversal was the council's decision to disengage from the old council's decision to sign on to the global anti-fossil fuel initiative called SAFE cities. "SAFE" stands for Stand Against Fossilfuel Expansion. The council voted to look for more local involvement through the formation of a new committee...only to do a 180-degree turn on that vote too!
Brown Says Slow Down and Be Right The First Time
Brown says some council members "changed their minds" because they first voted without having all the information. Hey Council, do the homework first so your vote flip-flopping doesn't undercut your community credibility and undermine trust with your fellow council members.
Matt Brown shared his thoughts on the radio this morning: