I'm not going to be able to make it tonight because of school, but I'd love for someone to ask Befekadu Retta about the VoP events and the removal of previous mention on his website without comment. Again there may not be a story there and maybe it was a repeated oversight, but I'd still like to hear him address it. If someone does ask please report back. Thank you!
I want to know if he plans on resigning from his job at the cook county board of elections since it is obvious that working for the board that oversees the election he is a candidate in is a conflict of interest.
F@L, Befekadu wasn't asked about VoP during the forum (there was limited time allotted for audience Q&A). He told some guy who asked afterward that a mistake had been made and that's why he pulled it down from his website. When asked why he hadn't addressed the mistake or why he pulled it without comment, he said "because no one has asked," to which the guy reminded him on his reference to "transparent, open and accountable" government in his opening remarks that evening.PB, same guy asked if he was planning to step down from his current position with the Clerk's office like Don did with Streets & San, and he said no, he didn't see any conflict of interest.
I believe the CHICAGO Board of Elections runs voting in our fine city. I'm unsure of the role the County plays in administering elections in the city proper.If I'm correct then Retta really doesn't need to step down.If I'm wrong.......well then perhaps that's a different story.
There may not be a problem, but at a minimum he should address the legality.
Thank you Masked Avenger 46. How did everyone else do?
F&L, IMO Andy Lam came across as a nice guy, but not very sophisticated from a policy proposal perspective. His most specific idea for public safely was convincing drug dealers to take a 15-day certificate program in drywall or plumbing. While well intentioned, I am dubious that there would be work for these individuals given the state of the real estate/construction market.Emily Stewart was the most impressive of the three last night. On public safety she said that if criminals are going to repeat offend, they are not welcome back into our ward (not much specifics in terms of how to achieve that, but it was refreshing to hear). On economic development and fiscal budgeting, she offered concepts like doing a city-wide forensic audit, a ward master plan and overlaying that with a retail market survey... similar to what Cappleman proposed last month at his forum (though not as detailed, perhaps because of having less time).
Thanks again masked avenger! Very interesting to hear.