We were forwarded an email that appears to have been sent out from Sam Patterson (liaison to 7 District Council Representative McQuinn) as a response to a request by Mayor Wilder to move from her office space at the East District Initiative building.
The full text of the email:
I write in reply to your memorandum of June 12, 2007. I am in receipt of your letter suggesting that I vacate the district office that I use located in the East District Initiative (EDI) Building so that it can be used for “critical needs”. As you will recall, I have met with you since receiving your May 10, 2007 memorandum. At that time I explained that I use this office space to serve the citizens who have difficulty getting to City Hall. I will reiterate here that I do not wish to vacate this office space. I wish to continue using the offices at EDI Building for the following reasons:
Since I have been on Council, my liaison and I have used these offices to reach out to some of the City’s poorest citizens, as did my predecessor on Council from the 7th District. As you know, it is often inconvenient and very difficult for many of our poorest and disabled citizens get to City Hall.
One of the primary reasons for establishing the EDI Building was to provide office space for use by elected officials who needed to meet with citizens.
Citizens of the 7th District now expect to be able to reach a Council member at the EDI Building.
There are other vacant offices at the EDI Building that you can used for the purposes you give a as the reason for needing the offices that I use.
The City Charter grants Council ultimate authority to control and regulate City owned property. See, Chapter 2, Section 2.03 (h). While Council has not yet acted to fully assert this authority. City Council is currently considering Ord. No. 2007-161 to require Council approval of changes in the use of all City owned property and has entered into good faith discussions with the Administration regarding the breadth this measure. Your demands that a member of Council vacate office space during such discussions are a violation of such good faith.
While I am amenable to discussing relocating to another City owned building near the EDI Building; I do not wish to vacate the space at the EDI Building at this time. You may cancel your arrangements to have Department of Public Works personnel move items from the offices that I use at the EDI Building. If you wish to discuss this matter further please do not hesitate to call.