Today, on President’s Day all city offices are closed and City Council will not meet this Thursday.
That’s right. Council’s next session will be March 1. It is a part of a long time tradition in which during weeks of a federal holiday Council does not meet.
“It’s always been odd that Council didn’t meet in a week in which there is a holiday,” said Zack Stalberg, president of political watchdog group Committee of Seventy.
City Council president Darrell Clarke had hoped to change the age-old tradition, but there was a miscommunication between offices.
"The absence of a Council session on the calendar [this] week because of a federal holiday is the result of an oversight in our office,” Clarke said. “We are reviewing Council's meeting schedule and will make adjustments so it better enables us to conduct the business of the City."
Although there is no public meeting there is still a lot of work that gets done, Stalberg said, but he hopes Clarke looks into the matter.
“I hope he will rethink what has been a long-standing practice,” Stalberg said.