One minute he’s berated by neighborhood association leaders at a community meeting in west Nashville. The next day he’s with state officials at Legislative Plaza representing the city’s fiscal interests. And the following afternoon he’s a political battering ram, questioning an embattled (now outgoing) Metro parks director and recommending layoffs to ease a departmental budget crisis. He plays antagonist of sorts in this high-stakes game of municipal finance — and, not least, protagonist for any and all matters that have some impact on Metro’s $1.5 billion annual budget.As you ruminate this reportage, keep in mind that the City Paper has expressed a bias against organized neighborhoods in the past, and recall that their profiles on Dean administration critics (like Mike Jameson) tend to skew toward ingratiating promos for the Mayor's Office.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I would be interested to hear the responses of concerned West Nashvillians to SouthComm reporter Joey Garrison's spin on their community meetings with Finance Director Rich Riebeling: