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The Ban on Freedom of Choice

Original post made by Jim Neal, Old Mountain View, on Apr 25, 2012

I got involved with city politics just a few short months ago because of the ban on smoking. Little did I know just how significantly the change would be in my life and how I view our great small town.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Well said! Many of the comments here are short sighted, in that they only address the immediate controversy. A roof deck, for example, or plastic bags, or the drive through. People are missing the larger issue here in Mountain View. Who exactly is making these rules? How has our representative system been so thoroughly subverted? Somewhere along the line, our elected city council has become a figurehead, subservient to the goals of the city manager and staff. Replacing our old powerless, ineffective council members with new powerless, ineffective ones won't help us. We need to restore the leadership to the elected, and 'employee' status to those the city employs.