In an interesting piece about how the new City Manager, Jack Schnirman is poised to declare a fiscal emergency to address the CIty’s disastrous budget problems, McLaughlin talks about his early impressions of Schnirman. To summarize, he was quite positive, and went further to say that as the minority member he hasn’t been “left out in the cold.”
Later though, he talks about how service cuts are almost guarenteed, as are possible tax increases and layoffs.
And then comes the Quote of the Year:
“This is a tough town to keep everybody happy.”
Bravo Mr. McLaughlin. You have so perfectly summed up Long Beach. Long Beach is a tough town. Everyone has an opinion (I would know) and I’d say most people think they can do everyone else’s job better. No one seems satisfied unless they get 110% beyond what’s expected, and that makes running a City in a fiscal crisis that much harder.
Perhaps for the new year, we can all work to be better residents to one another, and to continue to bring some civility back into this City’s politics. Long Beach will be better suited in the future if it is able to abandon some of its “tough town” reputation. But for now, way to go Mr. McLaughlin, you win the SeabytheCity Gold Star for Quote of the Year.
Read the full Newsday piece over here, it goes into much greater detail on the fiscal emergency and includes good quotes from Schnirman himself.