I've been awfully busy the last few days but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to post a few comments on David Pepper's flip flop on whether the City needs to adopt an executive mayor form of government.
FLIP - Back on June 8, 2005, David Pepper said he supported an executive mayor.
First, lines of authority need to be clarified at City Hall. Whether or not a show like COPS should be allowed to film is clearly an executive, not a legislative, decision. This means Council members can say whatever they want about the issue, but it also means the administration can respectfully disagree and move forward in whatever way it deems best. One reason I support the proposed "executive mayor" form of government that is before my law committee is because having 10 direct bosses is simply not working, and can send the administration off in every direction with little time to complete some of the most important work the City faces. Having one executive elected leader, with a separate legislature that serves as a check on the critical issues that are legislative in nature, is far cleaner than what we have now.
FLOP - In September, David said he opposed an executive mayor system. More specifically, on September 11, 2005, the Cincinnati Enquirer published a chart wherein David was asked:
Should Cincinnati adopt an executive mayor system, abolishing the position of city manager?
No. The current system gives the mayor substantial powers to push for change and end council bickering. They haven't been used - I will use them.
If we had a decent media in this town, they'd point out David's flip flops.