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In Prasie of jack Morton

Original post made by Susan on Feb 7, 2008

I was never, particularly, a fan of Jack Morton, even though I had nothing against him. He was just there, as far as I was concerned. However, as I reflect on his tenure on the council, I have gained a lot of respect for him.

Mr. Morton was never part of the "in" crowd on the Council. He was denied any chance of becoming mayor by his fellow councilmembers. He kept his cool about that slap in the face. About a week ago, he was the only councilman to say that partisan national politics is not what he was elected for. That was so refreshing to hear!

Morton also requested police protection when one of the local angries got angry (again). He was attacked by the free-speech-at- any-price crowd. Just tonight, there was a multiple killing at a city council meeting in this country ( Web Link ). Morton's sober decision looks very good, now.

Jack Morton also stood up to Ladorris Cordell, and her race baiting. Good for him...it was long overdue.

Is there a legal way to get him appointed as Mayor, at this late date? He is a man with intregity.

Comments (12)

Posted by Not so fast, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 8, 2008 at 8:10 am

The climate change troika (Yoriko, Larry and Peter) conspired to deny Morton his rightful position as vice-mayor and then mayor. They were aided and abetted by Bern, Dena and Judy.
Either we switch to publicly elected mayor or else we continue the process of choosing mayor based on seniority. However it is wrong for the mayor to be chosen based on his following the "folly of the day".


Posted by dan, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 8, 2008 at 8:50 am

My experience with Morton was that he was rude and arrogant - maybe this helps him to oppose others. As far as being "denied" the job of mayor, he must not be too popular with his fellow council people. There has to be one or more reasons for this.

I would be terribly surprised to find that a cabal formed to deny Morton the job. I believe this would skirt legal issues if not the Brown Act.


Posted by Not so fast, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 8, 2008 at 8:59 am

Dan--so are there any rules for selecting mayor and vice-mayor in PA or is it a popularity contest--i.e. if you fit in with the "in-crowd" at City Hall, you get to be mayor?


Posted by PA Dad, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 8, 2008 at 9:21 am

Not so fast -- isn't what you are describing simply the proper functioning of a democratic body? Democracy is a popularity contest, too, right? Wouldn't having a city-wide vote for the major be one also?

"Fitting in with the in-crowd' is one way of putting what we have. But you could just as easily describe it as 'receiving the support of the majority of elected representatives.' Doesn't sound that bad to me when you see it that way.


Posted by Not so fast, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 8, 2008 at 9:34 am

IF you look at the history of electing mayors in PA for the last decade or so, you will see that it was ALWAYS based on seniority. Now all of a sudden last year, Jack Morton is skipped over for vice-mayor and this year he graciously takes his name out of the running again. Why was he skipped over.
While he may seem rude and arrogant to some, perhaps his style is what is sorely needed to get PA back on track and away from "pipe-dream" goals followed by our current and recent past mayors.


Posted by Frustrated Council Watcher, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2008 at 10:50 am

Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But, if last week's performance by Jack Morton is anything to go by, the sooner he is termed out the better.

He voted to block any decision on whether the Public Safety Building should be financed with Certificates of Participation preferring to refer it to the Finance Committee. As Chairman of the Finance Committee he then blocked any kind of decision, preferring to ask the full Council for yet another public survey on how to pay for both a Public Safety Building and a Library Bond.

We have already had one survey which told the City a Public Safety Building Bond Measure would not be passed by the voters. Now he wants to waste another $25,000 on yet another survey. Meanwhile, each month that goes by without a decision adds half a Million Dollars to the cost of both the Library and Public Safety Building.

Another example of procrastination and indecision on the part of our elected officials led by Jack Morton.


Posted by dott31, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 9, 2008 at 6:48 pm

While I sometimes disagree with Jack Morton's positions, more frequently I agree with them. I am an Obama supporter, but I certainly agreed with Councilman Morton's evaluation of the roles of city council members in public life.

I too have wondered about what unquestionably has been the snubbing of him by the other council members, who early on, it would appear, decided he should not be vice-mayor and then mayor- as, were tradition observed, he would have been. It seems to me that he has handled this rejection by his colleagues with dignity. Probably a decade ago a councilwoman named Mickey experienced this sort of discrimination by her fellow council members and, as I recall, resigned before her final term expired and moved to so. CA to take care of her mother. She was a local business owner.

Unfortunately then we didn't have a local public site that could be accessed from our family rooms and thus couldn't reach out to our fellow P.A. citizens to day, "What's up, anyway?"


Posted by dott31, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 9, 2008 at 6:48 pm

While I sometimes disagree with Jack Morton's positions, more frequently I agree with them. I am an Obama supporter, but I certainly agreed with Councilman Morton's evaluation of the roles of city council members in public life.

I too have wondered about what unquestionably has been the snubbing of him by the other council members, who early on, it would appear, decided he should not be vice-mayor and then mayor- as, were tradition observed, he would have been. It seems to me that he has handled this rejection by his colleagues with dignity. Probably a decade ago a councilwoman named Mickey experienced this sort of discrimination by her fellow council members and, as I recall, resigned before her final term expired and moved to so. CA to take care of her mother. She was a local business owner.

Unfortunately then we didn't have a local public site that could be accessed from our family rooms and thus couldn't reach out to our fellow P.A. citizens to day, "What's up, anyway?"


Posted by Jim, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 9, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Unfortunately he is unable to express himself directly and tends to speak in circles. His remarks come off as pompous and long winded and repetitious. Odd that in all his years in public life he hasn't been able to change that. And sometimes he seems uninformed about the issue under discussion. Not ideal qualities in a chairman.


Posted by Not so fast, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 10, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Jim--I do not see him as any different from other council members. I am not sure what is worse, being "uninformed" or knowing about things and completely ignoring them as i fthey di dnot exist, as previous mayors have.
Look at our current mayor--he is constantly singing the praises about an organization that is under police investigation, without obviously being informed of the facts.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Morton was a reliable source of occasionally hilarious Freudian slips illuminating the inner workings of the process. Or maybe just his own workings. However, I was always turned off by his acerbic superior attitude toward Cordell and Freeman, mistaken though it was.


Posted by Kevin, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 11, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Jack Morton was the ONLY council member to say "no" when the council set out to endorse partisan national candidates. For this act, alone, he deserves to be mayor.


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