Sometimes those complaints are ridiculous; sometimes those complaints have merit. Sometimes they are stated with respect. Most times they are not.
But it is not the fault of Margaret Hammond, Herbert Molano, Harry Zavos or Mike Mohill if they are often the only ones who choose to speak. They deserve the council's respect, regardless of whether council members think that respect is reflected back.
Witness Councilman Dave Weaver's tantrum on Tuesday. Hammond, during her time at the microphone, scolded the longtime councilman for not paying attention to her complaint about bulky trash items. In response, Weaver got into a shouting match with Hammond. It ended with Weaver shouting, “No decorum!” and leaving the council chamber in a huff.
Histrionics do happen in that chamber, but almost always from the gallery. When they happen on the dais, the city itself begins to look foolish. Weaver's latest departure may have been his loudest, but it was the fifth time in the last 10 months, usually during that apparently hated public comment period.
The city deserves better than this. We suggest Weaver check his temper at the door.