I was the first to mention that Rep. Lily Limon was physically abusive and audibly distracting to Rep. Cortney Niland during council meetings. Those present at the meetings could see Limon literally grabbing at Niland behind the dais when she was trying to speak. I could hear Limon's runnig nasty commentary on the live feed because microphones were being left on - it was pretty nasty and uncalled for.
From what I understand Niland went to the mayor and they worked out a deal. Rep. Ann Morgan Lilly agreed to switch with Niland. However, Limon only got worse.
Limon kept up her jabbering while Niland was speaking and began going after Ann Lilly as well. All that is coupled with Limon's rumored physical abuse of Rep. Emma Acosta who has emerged as a leader and a voice of reason on council.
I hear that things were getting so bad for Ann Lilly that she went to the mayor demanding she be moved. Apparently, this happens after every meeting with multiple members of council asking the mayor to take control of his chambers - it's not just Niland and Ann Lilly.
Martin Paredes would have you believe that Niland was the one moved for yesterday's meeting and not Ann Lilly. That's because he's not very smart and not very interested in the facts. He's being paid by a local businessman to defame certain people on council. You can't blame him for getting almost everything wrong - he's just blabbering for the money.
What Paredes and Karla Walton are too stupid to know is that when the new council chambers were built they allowed for expansion. There were two positions added for the possibility of an increase in the number representatives. This was forward thinking. Rebuilding the entire dais later would have been a wast of money.
From what I hear, Ann Lilly told the mayor that she would be moving whether he approved it or not. And unless he wanted to spend the entire next meeting using voice votes, he better have one of those extra spots wired up and ready to go.
(side note: Each position around the dais has a computer, buttons for voting and requesting to speak and a microphone. The two empty spots were not "turned on" from what I understand.)
It appears that the mayor got things ready for Ann Lilly's move. Niland was not "wedged" in between Romero and Ann Lilly as Paredes claims. He's an idiot who knows nothing of city council and proves it daily.
I also hear a rumor that an attorney - not sure if a city attorney or just somebody looking to help - found in the charter that there's a provision for expelling a city council member from a meeting for disruptive or disorderly conduct. Limon's bad behavior could mean she's removed from meetings in the future. And from what I understand, every member other than Carl Robinson is ready to do something about Limon after her insane actions during the budget talks.
Apparently everybody is tired of her speeches about the need to cut the budget and then suggesting budget increases for her staff's salaries and office parties and the Lincoln center and Shawver Park and then raises for all city employees among other budget increases.
Maybe the coming recall will be succesful this time - especially if she's asked to leave meetings.