As someone who has been working strenuously against Prop 250, it was a chilling read.
I'm going to let you read it, then begin my comments.
From Gary's update to his post on Brian Eason's IndyStar report on Prop 250 and campaign contributions:
From: "Kisiel, John" <JohnKisiel@clearchannel.com>
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 3:03 PM
Subject: Digital Billboard Resolution
Below is the lobbyist's assessment of council member's leanings on the issue last year when things first got rolling:
Now - for my reflections on this email....
First of all, are the taxpayers paying for Elrod's rewrite of the billboard industry proposed ordinance? And what on earth is the "2% Solution"; with a capital S no less???
More importantly, HOW VERY COZY Kisiel is with whomever he sent this email to. "Please keep my assessment confidential. I thought you should have this so you can also target those members who are still undecided and give you the opportunity to give me updates in case I am wrong in how I am reading the Council." They seem to be taking orders from him, like he was their boss and they his employees.
He was also keeping DMD and the Mayor's office in the loop - to what end and how supportive those two entities were is not clear - "Both the Mayor’s office and DMD are aware that we are following this process and we will update them on the timing."
All of this time, the public was not in the loop. Kisiel had pegged the following people as sponsors: Frank Mascari, Virginia Cain, Aaron Freeman, Will Gooden, Pam Hickman, and Joe Simpson. Cain and Gooden serve on the Metropolitan & Economic Development committee (MEDC).
Of the MEDC members -
Chairman Leroy Robinson - yes
Zach Adamson - noncommittal
John Barth - noncommittal
Ginnie Cain - yes
Mary Adams - noncommittal
Vop Osili - noncommittal
Will Gooden - yes
Jeff Miller - yes
All Republicans on the committee plus the Chair - YES.
Of the full Council, Kisiel thought he had 13 votes. 15 would be needed to pass.
Mascari, McQuillen, Cain, Evans, Freeman, Gooden, Hickman, Robinson, Hunter, Lutz, Shreve, Simpson, and Miller.
I keep wondering who he addressed this email to. Obviously it is at least two Councillors as he mentions their 'respective caucuses'.
Is this the way things are done on the Council? Do industry insiders usually bark orders to their serfs on the Council? I certainly cannot say.
Is this any way to serve the public and the public good? I don't think so.