Towns out of control


The town council meetings must be open to the citizens. Anyone who prevents this must be denounced. The mayors and the cabinet members do not tolerate the presence of their employers. They prefer to invite others who eat from the public cake: industrialists, lobbyists, construction people. I no longer want to tolerate this situation of expropriation of democracy.

The constitutional and democratic space of the citizens is being reduced ever more: they can’t choose the candidate, the proposals for popular laws are ignored, they are not consulted on the electoral programme, referenda are cancelled.
The young people of the Rome Meetup were not able to participate in the town council meeting. There was the approval of the final action of Topo Gigio: the new regulatory plan. The Meetup has presented a statement to the Rome Questura and reserves the right to denounce to the prosecutors, Veltroni and his councillors. If requested to do so, the blog and its lawyers will lend a hand. Stay tuned.
Let’s keep a check on our employees with the operation "Fiato sul collo" {Breathing down your neck}.

"The other day something of a seriousness that is unheard of, happened in Rome, in the seat of the top local democratic institution and that is in the town council meeting. There was the session for the Council to discuss and approve Veltroni’s Nuovo Piano "Regalatore". {New “gifting” plan} for Rome. Let it pass (it’s a way of saying) that it’s a regulatory plan wanted strongly by the construction people. Let it pass (it’s still a way of saying) that it is a plan in which there has not been acceptance of the hundreds of observations from campaigners and associations that asked for a greater protection and regulation of environmental and cultural goods.
A plan that allows variants in all Rome neighbourhoods, without ever having to come back to the Council, that does not protect the public green space and the town planning standards of the individual neighbourhoods and with a valid “ecological network”.
A plan that will allow for the demolition and reconstruction in the historic centre without a recovery plan, that will cancel out Rome’s historical memories allowing for the demolition of ancient dwelling houses and buildings of industrial archeology that were protected by the “plan of certainties”.
A plan that does not resolve the problem of housing because it allows for public financing of villas and apartments wanted by the construction people, instead of using the funds to construct housing for public ownership..
However, what must not be allowed to occur and that must not occur is that Roman citizens IN THEIR HOME TOWN are kept out of the Council Chamber on a pretext while inside there is the pretend discussion of the approval! In fact, the plan was voted for by ALL the left wing majority in the Chamber in a Chamber that was half empty, with the presence of construction people and building entrepreneurs (apparently expressly invited) while access to representatives of campaign groups and simple citizens was not given. For hours they asked town councillors of the right and the left to be able to enter WITHOUT RECEIVING ANY HELP!
You need to have the cheek of the resigning Veltroni who declared: “a plan that has been approved by the democracy of the city” when instead he will go down in history as the mayor who did NOT want the participation of the city NEVER responding to the appeals of the associations and the citizens who asked him to apply the regulations for public participation (whose application is set out in the town Statute)
The PR mayor (like those in the disco) has first made of our city what he wanted and then he has made the Council Chamber like the living room in his own home, deciding, it seems to give INVITATIONS (lust like in the disco!!!), who to let in and who to keep out, so that for the TV channels present there was the guarantee of long applause from the construction people who are the owners of this new "Regalatore" {gifting} plan
What happened is unheard of, unacceptable and ANTICONSTITUTIONAL. If this is the Rome model that Veltroni wants to export to the rest of Italy, we Romans say NO THANK YOU. Meanwhile we have deposited a statement with the Rome Questura recounting the facts and we reserve the right to go to the Procura della Repubblica di Roma {Rome prosecutors} to deposit, with the help of our lawyers, a formal denunciation of what has happened." Rome Meetup
Formal statement to the Rome Questura

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Whoa, Walter! One thing parroting Barak, and another doing in Rome what New York, Chicago, or any other American city does: demolish and build. But, please, allow me to say this first: Anglo-Saxon City Councils may, at times, meet behind closed doors but, rest assured, when it does happen, the doors are closed for everybody. Not that it makes it democratic in any way shape or form but, in the "Anglo-Saxon" system, at least there are no priviliges. But then, you're in Italy! About the new rules and regulations on building in Rome, I get the impression your "Yes, We Can!" means, "Yes, we can replace the Colosseum with skyscrapers." Sounds absurd, for sure. But tell me, how else I can interpret, "A PLAN THAT WILL ALLOW FOR THE DEMOLITION AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE HISTORIC CENTRE WITHOUT A RECOVERY PLAN, THAT WILL CANCEL OUT ROME'S HISTORICAL MEMORIES ALLOWING FOR THE DEMOLITION OF ANCIENT DWELLING HOUSES AND BUILDINGS OF INDUSTRIAL ARCHEOLOGY.." If my understanding of the above is even remotely correct then, I gotta tell you, you don't know what you're doing. Please, tell us exactly what you mean when you say "Yes We Can!" It's not enough to say it means that things are possible to do; that Italy will no longer be a place of negatives. No siree! After reading what you're doing to Rome, we can't trust you governing Italy. You need to explain: big time!

Posted by: Louis Pacella | February 19, 2008 12:09 AM

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