Robert Daniel Lavelle and Natalia Rudiak have been sworn in as freshmen members of the Council, and then Darlene Harris elected its Council President. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl sits in the background, with something of the look of a UFC fan during the 3rd act of a ballet recital. Council President Harris mounts the dais to deliver her speech.
“I look forward to working with this mayor,” she says at one point, turning to look him in the eye. And, given the fact that she won her presidency in a surprise bid on the strength of four votes that had until moments ago been futilely pledged to Councilman Bill Peduto (Ravenstahl’s sharpest critic on the Council) she repeats it, switching up the emphasis. “I will work with this mayor.”
Notice she didn’t say she’d enjoy it, or get very much thanks for it, or that it’d be easy or pleasurable. But she said she’d do it.
$60 million per year worth of public assets are on the chopping block during the next two weeks, and there seems to be only one practicable avenue remaining for keeping them public — though several side streets along this avenue may still be open. I like to think she’s a bit like me; we don’t take sides, unless it’s the North Side. We’ll soon see if this compromise leader can deal, dance and bend effectively enough to engineer a minimally acceptable solution for all parties involved.