You may not agree with Joel but he works at many community events and donates to many community organizations.I think he is the worst performing city council member and I'm publicly challenging him to do better. He can easily do better, by doing better. I don't care if he volunteers or gives money, I want him to be a better city council member.
There is a theory that you should limit your giving and volunteering to only one charity, when you work at many, you are doing it to make you feel better about yourself (taken from that "More Sex is Safer Sex" book I have written about before). Clearly, Joel's greatest impact would be to spend all of his volunteer hours working on city business (as Brad does). Pickup up trash or stumping for Sheila time, would be far better used by Joel figuring out how to make Carbondale better. In his time in office, Joel has proposed nothing to make the city better.
I have talked to Joel, he doesn't have a clue about what a city government does or should do. The guy needs a training class or to read up on why the citizens of cities agree to pay taxes and what they expect in return. The stuff he says is amazing! Not that this is unusual for people who work in non-profits and universities their whole careers, they think that money just grows on trees and the world owes them something.
Joel consistently votes based on his personal feelings about other people, instead of on what is better for the city. Now when you are in Junior High School this is OK, but it isn't OK for grown men who have promised to serve the city.
Once Joel starts to behave like an adult, I will go and pick on the next worst city council member and ask for improvement. I don't care if he is a good guy or a nice guy or a smart guy. I care that he goes and performs at a high level for the city and he isn't doing it. I hope that taking a stick to Joel will motivate him to perform much better then he as been.
This is the power of this nasty blog. Pointing out what is clearly wrong and at least discussing it. Out in the real world, people actually analyze performance and give feedback. It isn't nasty, it is what is normal.