Ok, I'm breaking my rule to not comment on these things, so Bean you can jump on me all you want (and tell me to hush as well). But I agree with Clancy here:
”If somebody who has a gripe complains to the mayor and the mayor puts pressure on the MPC executive director, that defeats the whole purpose of this being an independent position,” Clancy said.
I've always thought one of the main values of MPC was that it was an independent body. And yes, sometimes Commissioners get political pressure, but political pressure when you're an appointed, non-paid Commissioner is not the same as political pressure when you're an elected, salaried public official. And being staff was even different from that. Now staff will work for the Mayors.
And here's what I want to know - why was this law changed and at whose instigation? Who sponsored the bill? Cause I try to pay attention to bills like this in Nashville, and this one got clean by me, as it apparently did a lot of other people. Maybe I just missed it, in which case shame on me. But maybe there's a back story that the public should hear?
Heading out to school now and crawling back into my hole.