The new 10-1 City Council has meant all sorts of changes at City Hall, from a bigger dais to more meetings.
But there’s one change the new system has brought to City Hall that city staff needed extra training to cope with:
As Beyonce would say: “Who run the City Council? Girls!” The newly-elected 10-member City Council, plus the mayor, is the first majority female City Council in Austin’s history, with seven women and four men.
But apparently this represented such a huge change in governance that the city manager’s office thought the city staff who regularly interact with the City Council needed extra training – in the form of a two-hour training session in March with two speakers from Florida – on how to talk to a female-dominated City Council after decades of rule by men.
it is troubling that we have had the Onion Creek disaster, the Zucker report, the 911 staffing crisis, EMS suicides and now this--and nobody will lay the blame at the feet of Marc Ott, and the two assistant City Managers. Perhaps is time to ask for a change of management at City Hall?