Most ‘Burghers seem enthusiastic over the new leadership and increased civic engagement.
(The People is the Hulk)
Residents and stakeholders are encouraged that they are all highly-qualified, accomplished professionals, successful in public-spirited service and a diverse array (in all but age — no 20-something whiz kids quite yet).
The New Haters, such as we’ve seen them, are not raising hackles. Complaints that a few of them presently reside in immediate suburbs are divisive and insipid; grousing that a few of them were officeholders, candidates, public employees or politically active (and sometimes acted in solidarity with the Mayor-Elect and his coalition!) fails to appreciate that the bridge of this ship will need to be run by persons who have been engaged with the local politics and its possibilities. Opposing viewpoints within government appear set to be strongly institutionally encouraged.
Critics do themselves a disservice by missing the forest for the trees. Remember a few weeks ago, when we were writing of biases?
|Bill Peduto (politician) on FB|
Here is the sum total of everything I knew about Six Sigma:
That is satire; and there’s no indication from his tweet that our Mayor-Elect is on the verge of becoming a Six Sigma “Black Belt“. But if you want to envelop Peduto in a negative conversation, question the emergence of a City in which so many highly-paid “executives” with porous duties spend their days buzzwording, statistically overanalyzing, indulging consultants and distracting staff with too much of their own Scientology homework.
Yet even that can only get the reactionaries so far. Political success for the new administration will not be determined by insider optics so much as demonstrated results: in service delivery, resource allocation, civic functionality and good outcomes, one and three years out.
Cautionary notes were raised at the Council table today that diverse “faces” do not equal diversity in terms of power or dollars. True enough. But those outcomes depend partially on how well the team works and jells. Maybe our Chief Urban Affairs Officer and our Chief Education and Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer have been appointed to actually perform.
Some of their meetings will be filmed and broadcast, as well as among Departmental directors. That innovation is another cause for optimism.
The naming of an executive team was only the first pincer in a multi-pronged Transition attack. The public invitations to serve on eight transition teams is energizing people even along with the Ideas section of the Talent City initiative. And remember the whole Talent City approach to objective, transparent and rigorous overseeing and screening of job applicants. This all cultivates the optimistic civic mindset necessary to pursue change.
Today in a step that bridges the need to transform government with the reality of our civic challenges, Peduto introduced a measure to allow for the early full-pension retirements of longtime nonunion employees. Everything seems to be ramping quickly up to speed. It’s the civic challenges themselves that remain the real issues; there are a lot of turkeys on the table, and we shall need to map them out soon.