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Robert W. Curran
Vote, even if your councilman doesn't
Vote, even if your councilman doesn't

Let's stipulate from the start that there's more to being a City Council member than voting in committee hearings. They need to help constituents with everything from getting potholes filled to navigating the city's permit process. They mediate neighborhood disputes, they serve on boards and commissions, and they attend community association meetings. It would be understandable if all those other commitments, plus family and professional ones — this is, after all, supposed to be a part-time job — caused them to miss a vote or two here and there. But missing half or more of the votes in committee? That was the case for three members, according to an analysis by...