As you are all aware, Cortney Niland has been sitting sandwiched in between Ann Morgan Lilly and Larry Romero for some time now because she refuses to sit in her assigned seat. There are many rumors as to what has transpired that has led to her refusing to take her seat. I have shared some of those with you. Because Oscar Leeser refuses to take control of council chambers, the situation continues to deteriorate. Not only is the seating issue a continuing issue for the electorate, because some of them are being disfranchised because their representative does not have the proper tools at her disposal, but now it appears that taxpayers are going to have to fund Niland’s childishness.
Let’s break this issue down into the facts that we know.
First and foremost, there is only one city representative that is not seating where she should be and that is Cortney Niland. This is a fact that as much as Niland’s primary useful idiot tries to distract with hyperbole of a modular dais and political intrigue it does not erase this simple fact. Niland is not seating where she is supposed to be.
The second issue that needs to be addressed is the allegation that there was some type of abusive behavior that led to Niland moving chairs. The fact is that all we know is that there was some type of altercation however; we have no details about the alleged altercation but much innuendo as to who was involved and what led to it. As with all rumors, it is important to look at the empirical evidence in an attempt to understand what has transpired.
You might remember from the ChucoLeaks emails that at one time Steve Ortega and Joyce Wilson intervened to broker an end to the feud between Susie Byrd and Cortney Niland. Did you notice who is feuding with other women on council?
We also know that last week, Oscar Leeser was forced to publicly admonish Cortney Niland for her condescending attitude towards city staff at city council. This, again, is a fact showing the likely culprit to the alleged altercation. As if this whole issue was not bad enough, in tomorrow’s city council agenda the city will likely incur a fee anywhere between $400 up to $7,000.
Clearly, the evidence points to one woman having an issue with others. Cortney Niland figures in all of the examples so far.
Item 16.4 in tomorrow’s city council agenda requests that a “discussion and action” be held in order for Ann Morgan Lilly to have a computer and a microphone set up on her desk at city council chambers. In David Karlsruher’s world, the dais was built modular for a simple expansion but unfortunately, for him the truth always has an annoying need to come out of hiding.
There is no back up material to the agenda item but the rumors are that the cost will be between $500 and $2,000. Whichever way city council votes to fund the installation of the equipment it comes from unfunded money the city council will spend out of your tax dollars because Cortney Niland refuses to take her assigned seat.
More important though is that Cortney Niland’s behavior needs to be addressed. Niland is forcing Ann Morgan Lilly, a senior citizen, to vacate her seat and request that the appropriate equipment be installed for her. Let us look at this through an example.
Let’s assume, for a moment, that Cortney Niland boards a Sun Metro bus that is full. Niland approaches Ann Morgan Lilly, who is seating in a seat and Niland demands that Ann Morgan Lilly relinquish her seat to Niland. Niland wants to take Lilly’s seat because Niland does not want to stand next to the riffraff, as she sees those not sitting, on the bus. Lilly, a senior citizen reluctantly complies and then proceeds to ask the bus driver to have another seat installed for her to use.
Wouldn’t anyone witnessing this exchange not consider this abuse of a senior citizen?
Forcing Ann Morgan Lilly to have to ask for the proper equipment because Niland refuses to take her assigned seat is the same as forcing Ann Morgan Lilly to give up her seat on the bus example.
As an elected official, Cortney Niland has a responsibility to behave like an adult and not incur additional expenses upon the taxpayers of the community. Instead, Cortney Niland is abusing a senior citizen simply because she refuses to sit on the seat – she was assigned.