Politicians are no different than the rest of us, but their desire to be remembered is substantially stronger and more immediate. We'd bet that desire is at least partially why former Mayor Baca blogs.
Last week the far left former mayor was busy taking shots at The Almighty Alcalde - who just so happened to be the one who turned him out of office.
A few us sat around lunch yesterday trying to figure out what Mayor Chavez has accomplished in the way of "Big Things" in the last seven years. We could not think of one thing.Politicians (even former politicians who want back in the game) can't pass up an opportunity to toot their own horns.
During my administration the "BIG THINGS" were downtown revitalization, a new baseball stadium, passing a quarter cent tax for increased transportation services, and the Art Summer Institute for talented kids in High School.We'd remind you that the city was in serious financial trouble when Baca left office, and the former mayor's "Big Things" consisted primarily of things that we're still paying for today.
If you look at how people view a city they look at these kinds of projects and get a feel for leadership that enables it. The leadership is recognized because these aren't easy things to do.It doesn't take leadership to spend other people's money and it shouldn't take "Big Things" to build a legacy. That's the problem with politicians. They believe that if they don't have that stadium or trolley, people will forget who they were.
Truly great leaders don't build monuments to themselves. They do their often thankless job without fanfare and let those who come after build monuments to their service should that service warrant the attention.
That's the problem with politicians - too many of them are not true leaders. They spend our money to build monuments to themselves with little regard to the job that they're supposed to be doing. Police, Fire, keeping the water mains intact are not sexy, but they're the first and most important job of any mayor or councilor and they're the difference between a politician and a leader.