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Time to Swap 'Presidents' Day' for 'Mayors' Day'

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/26/2014 9:27:15 AM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
Hey James - I have to say, I'm really puzzled by the way San Diego is handling all of this. She's getting a day dedicated to her? What does that even mean? If it's a day to raise awareness about sexual misconduct and abuse, I suppose that could be a good thing; but it seems like the city is really grasping at straws here to resolve these claims. Also, doesn't it bug the hell out of you that the one woman who is getting a settlement is getting paid by the city and not by Filner?

What a mess...

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
2/25/2014 9:46:36 PM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
Hi Nicole, not that I know of, but a woman with a sexual misconduct complaint against ex mayor Bob Filner will get her own day and a public apology from the City of San Diego.

 http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Feb/20/filner-sexual-harassment-peggy-shannon-settlement/

We also have 2 more police officers with sexual misconduct charges against them and one being charged by the District Attorneys Office, then to top it all off our Chief of Police says he will step down and retire on March 3rd.  Wow, if there ever was a recent example of foolishness in high city government, here it is.  Sad....

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
2/20/2014 3:02:56 PM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
i think in larger cities like NYC why couldnt they hold it in Central Park? In Los Angeles it may be more difficult to find one central location but individual cities could host an event like my city did with its centenial celebrations, or San Francisco can hold it in Golden Gate Park...

but I think that the People should also contribute something to hold these events, maybe fund raisers or donations to enter the event or what have you.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/20/2014 11:10:17 AM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
"I feel a combination of demographics and Budget cuts have hurt these celebrations."

I think you're spot on here, Davedgreat. I wonder if these sort of celebrations would need to be more localized to particular neighborhoods in larger cities.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
2/20/2014 9:09:15 AM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
The City of Glendale CA used to celebrate "The Days of Verdugo" with Parades and all that. But they stopped that about 25 years ago. It was fun and celebrated the city. I'm not sure why they did away with that. Maybe changing demographics or a waste of money or both.

The City I live in Burbank Ca just celebrated its Centinial this past year. But its not a yearly thing though.

So sadly I dont think many cities celebrate their own cities. I feel a combination of demographics and Budget cuts have hurt these celebrations.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/19/2014 6:13:19 PM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
"...how about Celebrating the Cities we live in, create some civic pride in our local communities"

No argument from me there, Davedgreat. The more we can do things like that, the better.

Are there any cities that set aside a day to celebrate themselves just for the hell of it?

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
2/19/2014 3:12:16 PM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
@Nicole, you are 100% correct. any and all holidays are pretty much the same nowadays. Commerical and trying to sell you something all the time. Celebrating Mayors or how about Celebrating the Cities we live in, create some civic pride in our local communities. Bringing those citizens together

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/19/2014 9:40:16 AM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
Hi kq4ym: Too true about the "real meaning" of holidays.

I'm not really concerned so much about the day off as I am with having a conversation about the changing nature of leadership. It seems our mayors are at the helm when it comes to pushing for and creating change, while our presidents become less and less successful as leaders as the years go on. So when it comes to Presidents' Day, I wonder what we're really celebrating. We already have Independence Day, after all.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/19/2014 9:29:11 AM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
Davedgreat: You could take that same criticism of Presidents' Day and apply it to pretty much every holiday, no?

kq4ym
kq4ym  
2/19/2014 8:20:04 AM
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Re: Mayors Day of Recognition
As with most holidays, they are either a sale for increasing commercial sales or day looked upon with favor by some private and government employees who gain an extra day of paid relaxation and recreation.

President's Day does seem to be one of the latter, although not universally a paid day off for everyone. Maybe that's reason enough to eliminate it?

Celebrating Mayors would seem to be an interesting idea, as they have become the leading force in changes now affecting millions through their leadership and planning. But another day off? I'm not so sure about that.

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