Missing Mayor


It’s the dog days of summer, and the city of Vancouver’s policy agenda is doing its darndest to mirror the boredom.

I should know. I sat through two workshops on Monday that involved the minutia of code updates and, while important and noble, rather dull update from the Council for the Homeless.

But you know who didn’t? Mayor Tim Leavitt, who instead volunteered as celebrity server for a Humane Society for Southwest Washington fundraiser.

Fine. But that’s not the end of it — Leavitt has no plans to attend workshops on two future Mondays, either. (And, the council’s had a two-week break prior to Monday’s meeting).

In an email sent to the city council on Tuesday, Leavitt said he’ll be doing other good on Aug. 13 and Aug. 27. He writes:

“Council —

This summer is quite busy with activities and events — unusually so compared to past years.

I’ve been asked and agreed to participate in several upcoming community events — including yesterday’s Humane Society fundraiser — that do coincide with our Monday workshops.

Thus, for the next few weeks, my schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 13th — unavailable for workshops due to participation/hosting of reception for early childhood education supporters. I think you’re all aware of my keen interest in and advocacy for early childhood education and family support programs. (Mavens note: You are?)

Monday, August 27th — unavailable for workshops and possibly regular meeting due to participation in Clark College Foundation fundraiser. Some of you may be aware that I am a board member of the College Foundation.”

Council members are allowed excused absences, so as long as the majority of Leavitt’s peers are cool with it, it’s cool with us. And stay cool — it’s been hot out there.

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