Original post made by GSB on Apr 12, 2009
NAYSAYER: Since joining the Mountain View City Council in January, Council Member John Inks has become quite the contrarian.
At last Tuesday's meeting, though he barely spoke, Inks was the only council member to vote against ... well, everything. He voted against using federal stimulus funds to pay firefighters (the federal government shouldn't be spending money it doesn't have), against the new Charleston East hotel project (the city shouldn't be spending money it doesn't have), and opposed using reserves to help balance the budget (the city ... you get the idea).
The Phantom watched the television premiere of "Parks and Recreation" this week and saw parallels with the parks director who doesn't want to build any parks. Guess that's to be expected from a Libertarian. But let's try for some variety next time, eh?
on Apr 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm
Sounds great. Someone in government caring about how our money is spent.
on Apr 12, 2009 at 11:39 pm
I'm not endorsing Inks or his votes (truly, I dont know what to make of him), but there is a very reasonable arguement to be made for not using one-time monies (ie- stimulus $) for ongoing operations. If the vote was a Jindal/Palin-esque refusal of the funds, then I question Inks and his fitness to represent my town.
I dont know if 'The Phantoms' parenthetical comments were just assumptions or a real reflection of Ink's views. If the former, then the Phantom is a lightweight. If the latter, he should have extrapolated. I personally oppose the Charleston hotel because of the gridlock it will create and the damage it will do to the business community out there. How is the city spending substantive cash on that-- they voted to choose a private developer!
on Apr 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm
I wonder how many people would vote for John Inks again if they knew he would vote this way. I bet a lot of people just voted for him last election because he took the time to walk all over town and distribute his flyers, not necessarily because they agreed with his views.