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Letter to the Editor: Greater Need for Civility and Cooperation from City Leaders

Credit: Joseph Kellard
Credit: Joseph Kellard
If there's anything that's become abundantly clear since Sandy, it's that we live in a community of unique strength and spirit.

Three months on, and there are still daily examples of neighbors helping neighbors, businesses helping businesses, and a shared sense that we will get through this together. Which made the tone of last Tuesday's City Council meeting all the more disappointing.

Never in our history has there been a greater need for the level of civility and cooperation that has been evident throughout our community. Yet this appears to be missing from the attitude projected by some of our city leaders.

Whether it be internal bickering, evasive and exasperated responses to citizens, or general boorishness, any leader who believes this is the appropriate tone during these times of crisis understands neither the situation in our city, nor our citizens.

Not when the selfless actions of so many have brought the community together. Times like these call for city officials to lead with a steady hand, a level head, respect for each other and the public, and an attitude that unifies, not divides.

That is the example I've seen our citizens set. The council members would be wise to learn from them.

Keith Grant
Long Beach

(Note: The writer is the former editor of the Long Beach Herald and served in the U.S. Army from 2003-12.)
BSM January 29, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I thought Mr Goodman's responses to the seniors living in the Housing Authority building was a bit boorish. One would think everything is just fine there, but no elevator in a building full of seniors and handicapped people is of concern to me. Saying the paramedics don't mind carrying people down stairs is just idiotic. In addition to his high handed attitude he is leaving the city wide open for a lawsuit for negligence. And before the usual characters start about how much rent they do or don't pay - stop and ask how you would feel if you were in their position. City officials are a reflection of the citizens.
Eddie January 29, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Goodman's never been known for his humility. Agreed, BSM. When a public authority decides to get into a business normally reserved for private enterprise - the renting of apartments - it should be held to a very high standard. Keith, I see the same flaws. However, they fade in comparison to the financial contempt these elected leaders show for their constituents. Three years of 19% tax increases, the demolition of a 75% unharmed boardwalk, the hiring of political hacks is more damaging than any boorish behavior. Spit in my eye, and I'll survive. But raise the taxes on my properties by $20,000 per year and you may kill of my entire family.
Victoria Flynn January 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM
I could not be more dissapointed in our City's Leaders. You should ALL be ashamed of yourselves! You don't even want to hear from residents who take the time to go to councel meetings! What happened to Long Beach Listens? NOBODY is listening you fools! Your House Director should be fired for his disgraceful repsonses to our community's seniors! He showed no respect to their perfectly VAILD points. Yet you fools have no problem raising taxes and making it impossible to live in this City! Then you hire ALL of your friends with our tax money. To thank us taxpayers you tell us you don't want us asking questions at Councel meetings! Shame on ALL of you! Especially you, JACK! Keith is right, try being CIVIL to the people who pay your salary!
Hamburger January 30, 2013 at 01:14 PM
what's a House Director?
Cara Gold January 30, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I have been recent council meetings and in the beginning of the meeting it is stated that questions are welcome but at the end of the meeting so that everyone can get up to speak. People come up with 5+ questions that take time away from everyone else. If you have a question, talk to the appropriate people at the end to get personal attention. I don't believe the last administration had any community meetings at all on the East or West side. Maybe you come to the meetings late but I think your comment about "The city leaders should be ashamed of themselves" is absurd. The council lead the city through one of the worst disasters in this city's history. I can't imagine how the last leadership would of handled it and would have mishandled the money the city is getting to help all of us! The meetings are transparent now and so is the spending. If you don't like living here, MOVE OUT!!! I wonder why the last council did not broadcast the meetings? hummm b/c they ran this city through intimidation, lack of moral and disrespected the entire city by telling us that the city is in good shape when they were robbing us blind!

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