Bloomington city councilmember Susan Sandberg (Jan. 18, 2023)
Bloomington city councilmember Dave Rollo (Jan. 18, 2023)
Bess Lee, CUBAmistad.
Frank Marshalek, CUBAmistad.
Dareal Ruble, Bloomington resident.
Outline of Bloomington in blue, superimposed (to scale) on map with Santa Clara, Cuba.
“Who the hell do you people think you are? You’re not the White House!”
That was Dareal Ruble speaking from the public mic at last Wednesday’s meeting of the city council.
He was reacting to a resolution on the meeting agenda that called for an immediate end to the US economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba.
The resolution was not controversial for councilmembers—it passed unanimously.
The vote came almost an hour after the resolution was introduced by Dave Rollo, who co-sponsored it with Susan Sandberg.
Rubel was interrupted twice during his allotted five minutes by council president Sue Sgambelluri, who admonished him—for speaking off the topic of the resolution, not for any particular choice of words.
But questions about the kind of tone and demeanor that councilmembers consider acceptable were swimming just under the surface of Wednesday’s meeting—in connection with an earlier agenda item.
Neither Rollo nor Sandberg supported a raft of resident re-appointments to boards and commissions that were approved early on the agenda.
After Wednesday’s meeting, Rollo confirmed to The B Square that he voted no, because the list included Greg Alexander’s reappointment to the city’s traffic commission.
Based on Alexander’s social media interactions, which Rollo described as “aggressive,” Rollo said he think’s Alexander’s temperament is “ill-suited” to serving on a city board or commission.
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