Edmonds City Councilmember: Sexism continues

May 12, 2017

The Beacon asked Edmonds councilmembers to comment on its new twice-a-month committee meeting format. Responses received are in the main story on page one. Here is the response from Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas:

“The Edmonds City Council had councilmembers assigned to individual committees meetings for as long as most can remember.

“About two-and-a-half years ago, we went away from individual committee meetings so the council as a whole could study items that were to come up prior to council. Study sessions were developed from the full council.

“But as most have seen, the study session began to be watered down by artificial time constraints derived by the chair and the multiple issues of our study-only sessions that brought business and action items into our study sessions.

“Only three of the senior councilmembers had experienced individual committee meetings, with the exception of a few meetings for a council president appointed three years ago.

“That brings us to the restarting of the individual committee meetings. We had our first run at this on May 9. It included having a regular meeting prior to committee meetings, again defeating the purpose behind moving back to committee meetings.

“No guidance was given in advance by the council president as to the expectations of committees and, curiously enough, it was brought to my attention by a women's citizens activist group that two senior women (including myself) who actually had familiarity with the system were not made (committee) chairs, while two men who had never attended a prior council committee meeting were appointed by the council president.

“This created much confusion on Tuesday. It appears that sexism continues within our own city and council.”


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