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"I'm just hoping we can move forward with a strong progressive agenda that benefits everyone and our neighborhoods," says Ben Stuckart, the same councilman who in May of last year beat up both the Community Bill of Rights and the Voter Bill of Rights along with his buddies, Waldref and Snyder. City councilmembers that own corporations should have their constituencies in mind when creating and voting on legislation, not their private businesses. Transparency in government would ideally keep this from becoming a problem. As for the CBR, the idea that a neighborhood has control over their resources would have kept the illegal Water Treatment facility from being built besides the fact it does not meet Clean Water Act specifications. And lastly, without neighborhoods having a say in what establishments can be built in their vicinity allows for the city to place big box retailers wherever they wish. That would potentially kill any local businesses in the neighborhood and extract money from the local economy to out of state locations. Basic physics tells me even when things lean left they are not necessarily left of center.
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