I pored over the JCCI tonight, which had me interested in my own city council, of course. There were night and day differences, but I did notice a few common themes with the JCCI that translated to Jax-wide observations and potential issues.
1) The most striking thing about the Council Members' pages is that nearly all of them fail to talk about issues they are passionate about in terms of improving the city. There are a couple who touch on citywide passions: Crescimbeni, Warren Jones (safety in 2 sentences more or less), maybe that's about it.
2) 15 out of 19 discuss religion - i.e. what church they are a member or a deacon at. 4 are members of FBC, but a couple of those members had relatively interesting pages compared to the lot.
3) There's definitely a good UF club going on at the City Council, and a few members are proud to be part of Gator Boosters, Gator Bowl Committee, etc
4) Lots of overlap on some associations like Meninak, Southside Businessmen's Club, Rotary Club, etc etc
5) Do ANY of those clubs MATTER to the job?
6) Lots of members go into DETAIL about their party afiliation...Denise Lee on the Democrat side for one and Robin Lumb the best example on the Republican side. Is that still legal to afiliate in Jax? I guess so.
7) Everyone has apparently one lots of little community awards and church awards and school awards and helps out at high schools and this that and the other. OK??? What does that mean for Jacksonville?
Doyle Carter cannot be more proud to be a 5th Gen Westsider, a member of Old Plank Road Baptist Church, Morocco Shrine for 35 years, NRA member for 35+ years, Westside Republican Club, etc etc
That is his City Council website in a nutshell and tailors very well to his area, BUT they are all basically like that tailored to their little areas.
9) Bill Gulliford's page is just as tailored to the Beaches. He is a member of the Beaches Boys Club apparently. OK??? WTF
THIS is what Jacksonville is held back by. It's not just small town or backwoods mentality, it's a collection of independent small towns and it comes through as plain as day just reading these City Council member pages.
Not ONE member had a major specific Jacksonville/citywide initiative that they were a part of or trying to tackle.
Hardly any at all discuss ANY piece of legislation that says anything about them. Their whole identities are based on how religious/family oriented they are and what local organizations they are a part of that are either in the field of "white boy club" or "local high school" or local church or "local preservation board".
There is NOTHING that says CITY when I see these pages.