Ravi Bhalla – calls colleagues to account on Corner Cars ordinance

With the last meeting of the year in the bag, there’s still more goodies to put under the tree.  Here’s a video clip of Councilman Ravi Bhalla at the end of the meeting holding his colleagues to account on their third consecutive rejection of the parking spaces for the Corner Cars program – all without comment.

Councilwoman Beth Mason has been more open than any member in equating the Hertz Connect Corner Cars program to the Zip Car program.  Although she voted for the program like all members other than Councilwoman Terry Castellano, she’s voiced a desire to put the cars in garages.

Of course that Rx means you don’t have a Corner Cars program anymore.  You have a Zip Car program, limited by access and space in garages available around town and of course it wouldn’t serve anywhere near the numbers the program has already achieved.

In this short clip, Councilman Bhalla spells out the political realities and what it means to shut down a public discussion out of the gate.

It’s the Council of No Four (Russo, Mason, Castellano and Occhipinti) plus Councilman Nino Giacchi running their own version of the Snuff Corner Cars program.

It’s probably not the program they hate, just that the mayor is getting too much credit along with Director Ian Saccs.

The Council of No just can’t stomach that.

(At 1:30 the Councilman is interrupted.  That comes courtesy of Lane Bajardi from the back of the Council Chambers who practices a unique form of speech: Free speech for me, not for thee.)

The anti-democratic direction is clearly taking hold.  Brace yourself neighbors, more is on the way.  In January we’ll soon see, Episode III: I’m with Tim cuz Tim snuffs me.

Without Tim, and Beth Mason’s $13,400 in suspect street monies, none of this would be possible.

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