Michael Clark of The Press of Atlantic City reports that “Langford proposes resurrecting Atlantic City Multi-Cultural Affairs Office.”
A looming fiscal crisis in 2010 is not stopping Mayor Lorenzo Langford from trying to re-create a government office dedicated to multicultural affairs, a defunct city division deleted by rival council members about six years ago.The new office would include the creation of two new jobs to run the new Multi-Cultural Affairs Office – a director and a clerk typist.
The last thing we need to is create new departments. Atlantic City is facing a $20 – $57 Million budget deficit in 2010. Does Mr. Langford need some smelling salts to wake up to out fiscal realities?
I suggested on last Saturday’s show that the City cross-train people already working in Cultural Affairs to execute the functions and purpose of a Multi-Cultural Affairs Office. However, Michael Clark notes:
… according to the ordinance.The measure does not provide any specific duties or goals for the Multi-Cultural Affairs Office or its employees. The office would be operated within the city’s Department of Health and Human Services.
We do not need anymore city offices that do not have and do not execute “specific duties or goals.”
It is good to see that some of our elected officials get it:
Councilmen Steven Moore and George Tibbitt, both public allies of Langford, questioned the proposal Tuesday and referenced a huge budget shortfall projected for next year. Moore was adamant Tuesday that the city must refrain from hiring any more employees.
Thank you! Councilmen Moore and Tibbitt. Good words, let us see your words backed up with cuts, cuts, and more cuts, plus sustained opposition to the Langford agenda of hiring more employees and creating more government offices and departments.