The Cobb County group Citizens for Governmental Transparency — described by USA Today as “a strange-bedfellows coalition of 12 groups ranging from the Tea Party to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference” — held a town hall meeting yesterday on the county’s still-not-all-that-close-to-finished $300 million Atlanta Braves stadium subsidy plan, and took a strong stand in favor of at least trying to inch that number in a downward direction:
Sharon Hill, a member of Citizens for Governmental Transparency, said Tuesday night’s meeting at Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church was the second in an ongoing series of town halls on the new stadium. “We recognize that we can’t stop it,” she said. “We are pushing to be a part of whatever goes on.”
That’s setting your sights on a winnable goal, I guess, though given the long list of ways in which the Braves deal could still fall apart, it might be a bit premature to declare it a done deal just yet.
The best part of the USA Today story, meanwhile, isn’t anything from the town hall meeting at all, but rather the quote from Cobb County about how the stadium approval process, which lasted all of two weeks after the initial announcement, was totally open and transparent and all that good stuff:
A Cobb County spokesman said the stadium deal is moving ahead and that there have been opportunities for public comment.
“The county commissioners have approved and signed a Memorandum of Understanding, and are in the process of completing longer-term agreements,” said spokesman Robert Quigley. “The board has voted and has taken action to authorize the chairman to move forward. There have been numerous opportunities and will continue to be opportunities for the public to interact with the commissioners on this project,” he said.
Sure, Cobb County commissioners are easy to find. Just look in the hallway.