The title represents the words of Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, not me. The alder put the words up on her facebook early this morning. This is what you call CNN reporting.
Bidar-Sielaff put those words on her facebook early this morning. Since then, many have registered their opinions on the status. Five people have "liked" the comment, including Ald. Larry Palm. More intriguing still was Rep. Terese Berceau's volunteered statement of opposition to the Edgewater:
No on Edgewater. Do not believe we should be giving TIF dollars for lakefront development, especially when so many other projects that would benefit the entire community, like a new library, can't move forward and have to do with a "makeover".
Later, Berceau adds this little kernel of history...
P.S. I am not anti-development. I worked hard to get Monona Terrace built, and drove back 26 hrs. straight from a vacation cut short, through a snowstorm, to come back for the vote when in came out of committee and to the floor sooner than expected.
In other facebook news, Larry Palm asks "are we ready?" to Mark Clear, Bidar-Sielaff, Bridget Maniaci, Chris Schmidt, Brian Solomon and Bryon Eagon. He can't include Mike Verveer, who continues to refuse to join facebook. If anybody ever challenges him in that district, he/she should run as a facebook candidate.
Members of the Council are under intense pressure from constituents on both sides of the issue. Some are both reassuring and threatening, as this email to Council President Mark Clear displays:
YOU NEED TO PASS THE EDGEWATER HOTEL. FOR IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. FOR GOD SAKE THANK YOU FOR GOD WILL BLESS YOU AMEN
Says Clear: "As a supporter, having God on my side may be reassuring, but not necessarily persuasive."
Brenda Konkel oddly attributes an article by Nick Penzenstadler to me, and wonders why I reported on a meeting that I did not report on. Nevertheless, she gets cred for finding a bunch of Edgewater stories that I should have put on brunch links, including the Cap Times' opposition to the project.