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Desley Brooks casts deciding vote against Inclusionary Zoning

Desley Brooks wielded her decisive vote masterfully, substituting a motion to create a commission for the inclusionary zoning ordinance on the table. After the council voted 4-4 on the substitute motion (to create a commission to study IZ), Jane Brunner realized she’d been tricked and attempted to put the original motion (to adopt an IZ ordinance) back to a vote. She was overruled by the parliamentarian, while Jean Quan whined that, “we can’t say they voted against it if there’s no vote!”

The meeting was quite dramatic and suspenseful, and some councilmembers said some telling things. We will post a wrap-up tomorrow. Meanwhile, Bay City News interviewed mayoral spokesman Gil Duran about the tie.

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