Not a great start:: Hobbs' responseWed Nov 17, 2010 Miss Vicky
Here is Katherine Hobbs' response to a query from one of her constituents on her Facebook site:
Councillor Leadman has been working on this issue for many months, and has continued her involvement at the various meetings in the community this month. If she had invited me to attend with her during this period prior to ...Dec. 1, I would have gladly done that. However failing the Councillor's invitation I did not want to show a lack of respect for her work by inserting myself at this juncture. I do understand the gravity of the concerns, and will keep apprised of the outcome of all meetings so I am able to continue the work with the members of the community on this issue as soon as I am in a legal position to do so on Dec. 1. It was not my intention to show any disrespect for the community's concerns by not attending today, and I will be reading the detailed minutes which contain all the comments from the meeting.
This seems like a pretty weak justification. Seems to me that it is more disrespectful to blow off an opportunity to hear from dozens of people who are taking the time from their day to attend a long meeting and have their say on what is happening in their neighbourhood. Every other councillor-elect attended the meeting, and it's a public meeting so anyone can attend. No invitation or permission required. Reading the minutes is no substitute for reading the room, being present to listen to people's concerns. And at this stage it is fundamental that our councillor-elect is perceived to be listening and engaging as she prepares for the transition.
I hope Katherine rethinks her approach and attends today's session.