In Trenton, Gov. Corzine said New Jersey faces a $1.2B deficit because of the economy.
In Newark, several mayors gathered to sharpen President-elect Obama's focus on urban problems.
In Plainfield, Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs put out a basket of snacks.
For the members of the Cable TV Advisory Committee.
It was another night down the rabbit hole in Plainfield, as I attended the Cable TV Advisory Committee's meeting.
The committee -- which for a good portion of the meeting was outnumbered by visitors -- seemed dispirited and frustrated.
There did not appear to be an agenda. There is no current chairperson.
At some point after the meeting's desultory start, a door opened and Mayor Robinson-Briggs entered, wordlessly, placing a basket of cello-wrapped snacks on the table and then leaving.
The laptop presentation by the city's public information officer (PIO) was interrupted more than once by committee member Dottie Gutenkauf over errors --
- a missing 'R' in the word 'PRESENT',
- inconsistent spelling of the Mayor's last name (with or without a hyphen?),
- was another person's last name spelt correctly ('I'm not sure.').
That makes it better?
It wasn't hard to see why the committee feels frustrated --
- the ball evidently was dropped by the person who said they would see that the committee got a list of its own members and none was forthcoming;
- the list of grant monies for PCTV74 that the PIO was supposed to provide also was not gotten;
- the members weren't even sure everyone had received a notice of the meeting.
To have to have a discussion about lighting and sound issues with regard to prototyping taping Council meetings only revealed the technological abyss at our public access station.
I left the meeting during this discussion. It's no wonder the committee is dispirited.
Meanwhile, the snacks were untouched.