From the video description:
“Seattle City Council Meeting during public comment period. All Council Members paying attention to their phone and not speakers. Speaker rudely treated by Council Member Juerez when he asked if the Members could show proper respect.”
The constituent, Richard Schwartz, had this to say about his experience with the Seattle City Council:
“Schwartz made what appeared to be polite attempt to get members of the city council to pay attention, but they simply stared at their phones and ignored him, with councilwoman Debora Juarez speaking merely to remind him of his remaining time and scold him for apparently wasting it.
“When I got up there intending to speak on that, I saw the tops of their heads, and I’ve been to a few of these meetings as well, and that’s the way it always is,” Schwartz said. “I thought this is was another example of what I came to talk about, so maybe I’ll mention it. So I just asked very politely I thought, if they could look up and give me their attention for my two minutes of time.”
“My point was: You set aside 20 minutes out of the week supposedly for public comment, and I just don’t understand why during those 20 minutes you can’t detach from the other things you might be doing — and I understand they have a lot of things they’re doing — and just give citizens their attention for 20 minutes out of the week.”
These councilmembers are rude and it appears they have utter contempt for this constituent. With leadership like this, it’s not a surprise that “Seattle is Dying.”