Just a couple of quick, Round Up-like links today. It's been a while, after all.
The first is this piece about the Columbia Association and the upcoming elections. The story itself provides a pretty good summary of why I'm running for the Oakland Mills position (even though I'm not mentioned): basically, the CA board, with its interpersonal spats and tendancy to want to micromanage, is, on balance, a mess and kind of a joke. Here's a pretty good diagnosis from River Hill representative Patrick von Schlag, one of the reasonable ones:
"The position needs someone with extra time on their hands," he said of being a board member. "The board meets way too often and debates things that are not policy issues. The board needs to learn how to be a board and not a debating group."Yes! Boards of directors should not, because of needless meddling, add another layer of bureaucracy, especially when only a few board members actually have management experience. To make a somewhat trite metaphor, boards should set the course; staff should steer the ship.
A couple weeks ago, the Flier's editorial board questioned the fairness of forcing the already-approved Plaza Tower (legality of that decision, which the courts have yet decide on, aside) to adhere to a yet-to-be-enacted height restriction. It was a pretty straightforward opinion, focused exclusively on the fairness question and not whether height restrictions are good or bad, warranted or not.
Nevertheless, as is the case in these increasingly polarized and non-nuanced times, umbrage was taken at the Flier's careless disregard for "citizens" and is displayed on the paper's letters page today.
You're either with us or against us, indeed.