“Write the City Council.” This advice frequently crops up in conversations about how our city operates.
Following this advice, I sent an email Nov. 9 to Columbia City Council on the subject of homelessness. My note listed a web site for a highly successful consulting firm on homelessness (www.marbutconsulting.com), headed by Robert Marbut, who has worked for 30 years on homelessness and holds a string of degrees and national honors. He has consulted and established successful programs around the country, including San Antonio, Key West and Fresno.
He addresses the “transformative process” as opposed to the counter-productive “enabling process” practiced in Columbia.
Although I know that the council repeatedly has discussed this issue, so far the success is zero. I expected at least an acknowledgment of my note. I got two replies — from Mayor Steve Benjamin and Councilman Moe Baddourah. From Leona Plaugh, Tameika Devine, Sam Davis, Brian Newman and Cameron Runyan — nothing.
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So much for the idea of writing to the City Council.