Sunday, 14 April 2024

Simons to hold Clearlake town hall Friday

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Clearlake Councilman Roy Simons is inviting the community to a town hall this Friday, Aug. 20.

The gathering will begin at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Clearlake City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive.

Simons said he wanted to host the meeting to give community members an opportunity to come and have an open forum to express their various concerns.

“I've been trying to do this for a long time,” said the 84-year-old first term councilman.

He said he's previously met with resistance from city hall when proposing a town hall.

“This time I decided I'm just going to do it on my own,” he said. “They can all go to heck.”

City Clerk Melissa Swanson helped him set up the meeting, which Simons said he appreciated.

Simons said he wanted to get a feeling for what community members' frustrations may or may not be.

Attendees can bring up “anything at all,” he said, with no agenda or discussion items set.

The plan is for him not to enter the discussion himself, but leave it open. He will, however, try to answer what questions he can.

His remaining time on the council is short – he's decided not to seek reelection this fall.

“I don't want no more of this. It's just too tough a deal,” he said.

He is, however, interested in facilitating community discussion.

“These kinds of meetings periodically are good,” he said. “They get the blood stirred up.”

Simons previously held a town hall meeting on repaving Lakeshore Drive in 2009, which had a good turnout.

However, Simons – who said he's felt the deck has been stacked against him during his time on the council – said nothing came of the meeting's goal, which was to effect change in the town's center.

Simons said he expects the meeting to last a few hours.

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