EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


March 27, 2013

Editorial:Lantigua drops ball with another board


Expect April to be a month of emergency meetings as Lantigua once again tries to play “Beat the Clock” with city government.

Members of the City Council were lining up to hammer Lantigua on this latest failing.

“It’s deja vu all over again,” City Councilor Marc Laplante told reporter Keith Eddings. “Clearly, the mayor has not learned the lessons that were offered last year when the Licensing Board nominees were appointed. A pattern has now developed. This is no way to run a government.”

Councilor Daniel Rivera, who is running for mayor, joined in.

“It’s a simple process, to appoint people,” Rivera said. “People are wondering why people are always talking bad about Lawrence. We’ve got to do the basics, and we have to do the basics well. And this is a basic function of government.”

The councilors are correct. This is no way to run a government. Nor should it be a political game, as Lantigua has repeated tried to stack the offices of city government in his favor. A member of a board resigns; the mayor should be ready with a reasonable nominee for replacement in a few days.

Instead, Lantigua allows what should be minor matters to simmer until they boil over into crises.

Lantigua likes to say he is the mayor of the “great city of Lawrence.” Let’s reserve judgment on that characterization for now, at least as it pertains to the city’s government.

We’d settle for the “competent city of Lawrence.”

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