Ruckus: April 18, 2013
THE CONSTANT CAMPAIGN
In last week’s column, Yael looked ahead to the mayoral race in 2015 and what appear to be very favorable odds that Sly James will win a second term. We’ll talk about James’ accomplishments thus far and the challenges ahead. And, we’ll discuss how this mayor is being treated by the news media.
P.R. IS THE ANSWER! MAYBE
One way the city is trying to deal with opposition to the one-terminal option at K.C.I. is through a public relations campaign. A firm has been hired for 174-thousand dollars. What will it do? Doesn’t the city government already have public relations staff on its payroll? How would you recommend a public relations campaign be conducted for KCI?
IS “BREAKING NEWS” BROKEN?
A former network correspondent, Ed Rabel, writes that local television news across the country is a “waste of time.” Rabel, now a columnist and author, claims local coverage mostly contains fender-benders, house fires and high school reunions. Rabel was not writing about any specific community, but about local television news in markets across the country.
MISSING IN ACTION: PARENTS
There continue to be reports of teens, young adults, and small children (one as young as seven) wandering the Country Club Plaza on weekends. One report describes dozens of unsupervised teens being guided away from the Plaza by police at about midnight on Saturday. No parental presence observed! Is this continuing problem in local entertainment venues insoluble without parental involvement? Any indication that parents are responding? Are there other solutions?
ROASTS AND TOASTS