With all the talk about anonymous comments on the Vanguard, I thought it might be a good idea to look at who makes about the least anonymous comments of all – those who get up and speak at the city council meeting. So I pulled from the minutes of the meetings to compile a full year’s worth of public comments and see who was commenting.
For the year of 2018, there were a total of 497 public comments made at city council meetings. Of those 184 were made during the designated public comment period, but 313 were made in response to individual items.
Calculating it out, if each of the 497 people average 3 minutes, the council and members of the community spent an entire day out of their lives in 2018 listening to public comments – 24 hours of commenting.
In total, 234 different people made public comments. Of those 164 of them made a single comment during the course of the year (I was one of those by the way, my only comment in 2018 was to donate a photo along with Don Sherman to the City). Another 31 made just two comments. 195 people therefore made either one or two comments during the course of the year.
That means the remaining 39 people made 271 comments of the comments in 2018
It turns out the top 2 comments combined made 51 comments. Few of the council were surprised by the top two. No.1 was Connor Gorman with 28 comments. No.2 was Alan Hirsch with 23 comments.
There is then a gap, Ron Glick was No.3 with 14 comments. No.4 was Eric Gudz with 13 and No.5 was a tie between Elaine Roberts-Musser and M.E. Gladys each with 11.
The next two were tied at 10 – Alan Pryor and Larry Guenther.
23 comments made at least five public comments. The top 20 (extending down as low as 5 comments) combined for 215 comments – nearly as many comments as the 195 people who made one or two comments combined.
There is of course a cyclical nature to all of this – some people who made fairly few comments in the last year had previously made quite a few comments. On the other hand, some people have grown much more active over time and are making a good deal more in the way of public comments now than in the past.
—David M. Greenwald reporting