No conflict of interest here:
Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell says he'll vote, not abstain, when council decides how much taxpayers subsidize new shopping districts, even though one of his clients, a developer, could have as much as $613,000 hanging in the balance. Gosnell says he had no conflict of interest because all commercial developers, not just his client, could be hurt by a London city hall proposal to hike charges developers pay to cover more of the cost of roads, sewers and water lines.On the basis of such reasoning, no councillor should vote on anything, as council would be involved in a conflict of interest on virtually every issue. If such arguments lead to the dissolution of council, then I will happily celebrate London's 150th.
As it stands though, Gosnell will be one of the only homeowners in London who can afford to go to a shopping center - the incomes of most Londoners will be eaten up funding developers and expensive city capital projects and programs.
This is the third time in nine months Gosnell had defended himself against those who criticized the relationship between his work at city hall and his consultant work for First London North.I am happy to annoy you Tom and I will be sure to bring this up again and again.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Saturday, January 29, 2005