Monday, February 16, 2009

Carol Hahn Shouldn't Be The New City Attorney

Today's Virginian-Pravda brings us a story on the process beginning to fill the City Attorney's position.

When I saw the name "Carol Hahn", it set off alarm bells in my head. As the paper points out, she was involved in the 31st Street saga. In 2002, a proposed new height Ordinance for hotels first came to City Council in Informal Session. When asked about it, Hahn replied that it would apply to 31st Street as well as other Oceanfront properties. What Hahn didn't tell Council is that the change had been specifically requested by the developer at 31st Street. E-mail later FOIAed on the subject had Hahn copied. She knew, but kept City Council in the dark.

We need a City Attorney who will give City Council "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" in order that they can make the correct decisions. Hahn has a history of not doing so. In addition, if she'll keep Council in the dark, how will she treat the residents? With other well-qualified candidates available, Council should look elsewhere.

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