Well, the public forum happened tonight.
Fifteen of the sixteen applicants participated. They all deserve credit and respect for putting themselves out there and for being willing to serve the public. Thanks also to the forum organizers.
While the large number of participants and the limits of the format did not allow for many policy insights, it was nevertheless clear almost from the outset who has the basic knowledge and skills to join the Council and make positive contributions to the budget development process over the next six weeks — and who doesn’t. Most of them don’t. There are a couple of people with interesting ideas and relevant background, but the one clear conclusion from tonight is that Nick Licata is by far the most qualified and the leading candidate.
Wednesday evening, the Council will hold a public hearing at City Hall to allow members of the public to provide input to the Council on whom they should pick.