“City officials…are allowed free use of a special box at Sharks games.” (Mercury News, April 7). Why? And, why do members of the San Jose City Council get a car allowance? Do you get a car allowance from your employer? I don’t.
While a member of a committee on the Reed Transition Team, I tried to advance the recommendation that city councilmembers should not have access to any privilege or benefit that was unavailable to a citizen. In other words…sell the city-owned luxury box at the Arena, no more car allowances, no more free lunches, etc. Unfortunately, my recommendation didn’t make the final cut.
Ours is supposed to be an egalitarian society. Civic leaders are supposed to be public servants. There should be no separation between the people and their representatives.
Maybe it’s time for an adjustment of attitudes. Perhaps it’s time to revisit this recommendation, and eliminate access on the part of city councilmembers and executive staff to any benefit or privilege that is not also available to every citizen.