Mayor Steve Bach kicked off his town hall meeting last night by thanking his wife, Suzi. He called her his rock and best friend.
After introducing firefighters in the room, Bach criticized the news media — he pointed directly at a reporter from The Gazette — for its “Monday morning quarterbacking” of the Waldo Canyon fire.
“I know there’s a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on by members of the media, but I could not be more proud of our city staff,” he said.
“We evacuated 26,000 people in two hours on that Tuesday the 26th. It was chaotic. I was on the interstate and saw it,” he said. “It was not totally smooth by any means but there were no incidents and there were no injuries. That’s a tremendous testament to the people themselves who evacuated … and the pressure they were under and how fearful they must have been.”
Bach also endorsed Councilwoman Angela Dougan. The town hall meeting was held at Timberview Middle School in the northeast part of town in Dougan’s district.
“Angela Dougan has been there for me every single time in my first year in office in terms of simply fiscal responsibility and using common sense in city government,” he said.
“I could not give you a stronger endorsement of somebody than I want to do right now of Angela Dougan. I wish I could say that about all my colleagues (other City Council members) but Angela Dougan gets it,” he said.
Here’s video of the mayor’s opening remarks: