Mayor Stothert posted this on The Facebook:
“After reviewing the 911 audio and the public works records, we have learned it took 2 hours and 11 minutes for plows to arrive at 90th and Dodge after the initial call for additional plowing and sanding. This is not an acceptable response.
“This shows a breakdown in communication and as Mayor it is my job to fix it and we will. I have asked the Public Works Director to formally re-evaluate the City’s snow removal plan which has not been revised since 2008. The goal will be to modify plans yet this snow season.
Decisions that impact so many citizens such as closing the city’s busiest intersection, must be coordinated and communicated clearly with the chain of command in all departments.
“The initial question was not whether an OPD officer should have closed Dodge Street, the question was whether that decision was communicated correctly. To provide an effective level of service for snow removal, everyone involved in the operation needs to be informed.
All Omaha Police officers on duty during this snow event provided excellent service to our citizens.“
Ok, ok, hold on though.
Before Mayor Stothert gives her mea culpas to the cops, where is all that info about a dangerous suspect on the loose?
We were told yesterday that one of the reasons the police shut down the busiest intersection in town was because of a guy with a rifle that they hadn’t caught.
At a time when traffic was backed up for over half a mile, officers were attempting to track a suspect armed with an assault rifle who committed a robbery.
But now, we are hearing it was because there were cars stuck, and the guy on the scene made the determination that more cars shouldn’t get stuck.
And that’s fine. But that is MUCH different than “suspect on the loose who could threaten people on Dodge Street” (which never made much sense).
If you’ve forgotten, here is what the police union snarked out after the Mayor’s comments:
It’s unfortunate that city officials feel the need to criticize the decision that was made for public safety as they sit in their warm offices.
“Public Safety”? Boy that’s a pretty broad statement for absolutely EVERY decision the cops make. And I’m sure you can make an argument, that traffic needed to be stopped and the street needed to be cleared, just in case an emergency vehicle needed to make it through.
But then they should say that.
Because the earlier implication was about an armed man, and a massive shootout in the middle of 90th and Dodge.
I get that the police are defending themselves. But at this point, since the Mayor has been gracious in the exchange, they should nut up a little and make the point that this was about traffic congestion and not about the danger of a Heat-like shootout in the middle of a snowy intersection.
No, but will you reallllllly?
As the Iowa Caucuses are only about a week away, all the politics are hitting the fan.
Yesterdy, members of the Nebraska media asked Senator Deb Fischer, ONE MORE TIME, if she realllllly meant it when she said at least a month or more ago, that she would support the Republican nominee, EVEN if it was Donald Trump.
And she said, AGAIN, that she would support the Republican nominee.
Now Don Walton at the LJS says that Fischer is “dodging the GOP presidential battle“. Oh please.
She has been saying the same thing for months.
But when she doesn’t give in to giving prognostications about whether a Palin or Dole endorsement will matter, Don says she’s “dodging”.
Once again, you’re watching the liberal media that is flabbergasted at the Rise of Trump, and is flailing as they can’t do anything about it.
Interesting to watch.
Call me a mean-spirited again and I’ll jam this pencil in your neck
On the other side, note that the conservatives have their own ground game.
First, look at 92 year old Bob Dole who came out and HAMMERED Ted Cruz. HE said that a President Cruz would be “cataclysmic” for Senate Republicans, and he’d rather have Trump. (He did note that he was endorsing Jeb Bush, but that Bush had pretty much lost all traction.)
Then there are the editors and other writers at National Review.
They have been saying for months that Trump isn’t a conservative, and that if he’s the nominee, he shouldn’t be allowed to define what conservatism is.
Trump would never say it out loud, but he might agree with them. He is a populist, not a conservative, and flies by his own radar. And it is a good thing that they are planting this flag, and setting it up for further discussion.
They don’t ever want to be blamed for Trump’s policies, just because they don’t want Hillary’s.
And Go Bluejays!
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