Words cannot describe the embarrassment of the public hearing at Christ the King. Now that this debacle is over, the buck is being passed back and forth as to whose public hearing it actually was and what CB5’s responsibility was.
That being said, I am deeply disappointed by the entire situation, but I am not at all surprised. When a board does not work collaboratively together, sharing ideas and experiences, you have what we had at Christ the King.
No one person can take responsibility or make decisions for this board when so much is at stake. We are supposed to be practicing democracy, not dictatorship.
We don't work for DHS or the mayor or need to support and cover for those who want to protect the status quo. We are here to protect and do what is best and right for the communities we represent.
And we really should have enough faith in each other that when in doubt as to what to do, we reach out. Excluding the participation of civic leaders and board members and changing the game plan are all decisions that, at the very least, the CB5 Executive Board should have discussed.
We missed a golden opportunity to express the views of reasonable people with respect to Cooper Avenue by allowing the meeting to become such a dog-and-pony show.