Council member Emilio Navarro was good enough to send a copy of the ordinance which was defeated on Thursday night. You can read the full ordinance here. Council Member Navarro provided this accompanying email:
The argument against the ordinance was it was â€œanti businessâ€? and businesses are going to be driven out of Cranston and that the ordinance should not be city wide.
My biggest fear is the residents of this city are the ones that are going to be driven out because city government is letting them down and not protecting their quality of life. Their problems are falling on deaf ears and that is not good government. It is irresponsible government.
I tried putting forth a vehicle or process in which residents can voice their concerns and, if in extreme cases like the one facing the residents of Domestic Bank there would be solution, if merited, by designating resident parking areas with stickers if approved by the city council.
I’d also like to raise a question that comes from an exchange on Kmareka between Tom Cloonen and the elusive “Jesse from Cranston.” Tom Cloonen praised Emilio Navarro, calling him “one of the more honorable men I have had the pleasure to meet.” Jesse responded that “Mr. Cloonen seems to like Emilio because heâ€™s doing his job as a first-term City Councilor: listening to vocal residents about their issues. Once this lot thing is over, I expect Emilio will find more important things to spend his time addressing.” I wonder if Jesse can further explain what he meant by this comment. In my understanding of being a legislator, listening to constituents is the main part of your job. If Emilio continues in politics, what are these “more important” things that you expect he will be doing?