Mayor Rocky Anderson and the Art of Grandstanding
According to today's Tribune, Salt Lake City Councilwoman Jill Remington Love asked the Mayor twice to delay his executive order until he saw the City Council's insurance benefits plan for domestic partners and dependents. Councilwoman Jill Remington Love wants to make sure that not only domestic partners are covered by insurance, but that other dependents are also covered. This is an idea other council members will support and a few in the past week (most notably Eric Jergensen) have expressed dismay that the Mayor's executive order stops short of covering dependents like elderly parents and children. But the executive order was never meant to truly strengthen families employed by the city. That's just political talk. It's grandstanding. That's Mayor Rocky Anderson's specialty. Which is why the only benefits extended to alternative families in this city will be thanks to the city council. Where have we seen this before?