Today's Daily Post details the newspaper's interviews with all of our council candidates in a full page article. It's full of interesting information that we have not heard from them before. In the first of three excerpts, Nirmala Bandrapalli said that
what makes her different from the other candidates is her "natural instinct to listen to others".
Since most of the other candidates have never heard of her before this campaign, one does wonder how she can anoint herself as the best listener of the bunch? Then she returns to a point we heard in the candidates' debate
She said if the city standardizes its internal financial system, and enhances communication between the public and the city, it could generate more revenue.
She has plans to centralize the public systems, such as information on sewers and water, so that the city information for one house is all in one place. She said taking out redundancy could save money.
I have to wonder if she even knows what the city's internal financial system is? Where did she get this information? How did she determine that this is one of the biggest issues we face? And what does she know about the public agency procurement system for replacing any information system? Any such replacement takes capital budget, an RFP, staff to review the responses--then maybe it gets started. Count me as skeptical that she has any idea of what she is talking about.
The clinker at the end is
Bandrapalli said she is for high-density housing, and would like to see more on Howard Avenue and Rollins Road.
I hope every voter in town reads that bit because I have yet to run into anyone not in the development business that agrees with her. I can't see any evidence that she has any background in urban planning or any related field to even make the statement. And she certainly hasn't thought through how the B'game school system would handle all the new kids. Very disappointing.