Mark McGowan brought a much needed reality check on very specific issues about Windego Park Society (WPS), Mayor Skogquist's pet project, run by his brother Erik Skogquist.
The meeting 6-16-08 was a new dysfunctional low even for Skogquist.
Finance, Lori Yager, seemed incompetent. She couldn't answer finance questions but attempted an engineering one. The city manager was invisible as usual. Erik Skogquist did a lot of sideways dancing with one reckless thrust at the end. Bjorn shamelessly assisted his brother and moderated his baby. And yet strangely abstained from actually voting.
Dr. Rusin made the most sense to many people when he voiced his disgust, "just kill the damn thing. This thing has to die. Move on."
Mark Freeburg had the clearest thinking and reasoned list. He characterized WPS as just another romantic, futile effort like Mayor Skogquist's scandalous loss of $186,000 on 302 Fremont.
Carl Anderson actually joined the mob and proved himself biased and ungracious growling, "just go home."
Council could have been at least courteous and thanked McGowan for the important issues he brought to their attention that have perhaps been overlooked. Council basically received a free feasibility study.
Mr. Skogquist, the elder, couldn't find his gavel when his groupies (and Carl Anderson) were heckling and out of order. And, in fact, as mayor he sincerely thanked that part of the audience for their outburst!
The heckling and then the deliberate libel/slander of McGowan at the very end by Mr. Skogquist, the younger, all seemed a little too coordinated.
One question is: was the slander "due diligence" done months ago? Or was it an attempt to dig dirt between the Planning meeting on the 3rd and the council meeting on the 16th to discredit a person?
It's the weakest, most desperate position: Can't answer the issues? Smear the man.
They say politics doesn't develop character. Politics only reveals character.