You could almost hear the merry-go-round music as Mayor John Drayman and Councilman Bob Yousefian shouted at each other this week over, of all things, an appointment to the city’s Arts & Culture Commission.
The economy is headed toward the proverbial iceberg, and our local political leaders are squabbling over Yousefian’s sponsorship of Al Hofmann to an arts commission. God help us if we are plunged into a depression and the council has to grapple with a shrinking budget. If an arts commission appointment merits a shouting match, then what would a dispute over spending involve? Marching 50 paces and drawing guns?
This entire dispute is absurd on so many levels.
First of all, Drayman has a point. Why is Yousefian nominating someone with apparently no background in the arts to an arts commission? Hofmann’s background appears to be in the sciences. We admit those credentials are impressive. He’s had project management experience for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But how will his experience as an aerospace engineer serve him, or the community, on an arts commission?