I had been avoiding signing the petition asking Mayor Fontana to take a leave. In my mind, it quite easily could have been a big mix-up, and I didn’t want to get carried away and push for something on the basis of misinformation. However, now that charges have been laid, I have changed my stance. It’s not that I think we should call him guilty before trial and force a resignation, and it’s not that I even support the hyperbole around the ‘moral authority to lead’. Rather, I cringe at the thought of him serving as our chief ambassador until these charges have been settled. I note in his review of Year 2 that the Mayor has attended 300+ community events, as well as attending regional, national, and international functions. I believe that until this whole scenario is cleared up, councillors would serve as much better ambassadors for our City, in his place.
I know that this has been a difficult situation for you and your colleagues, and hope that you can find a way to optimize the image of our City in the face of negative national press.