Not only that, on Page 7, Section (g) at the bottom of the page, you will see where it says that the right to amend this law dealing with RCOs can happen because the City Planning Commission decides to. We don't even vote on that. They put a section in the bill that they can amend this and not even come to us.
I tell you, colleagues, please don't vote yourself out of a vote. I always say Lucien Blackwell taught me that, and I always deal with it when it comes down to deciding what I must do. God first and then I listen to those lessons I've learned over the years. And has been said, there's no appeal process for RCOs who are denied or who are told if you don't do something in three meetings, we can kick you out, but if a developer, a bad applicant, doesn't contact the community, there's no punishment for them.
It is obvious that this bill is not meant to protect community organizations but to foster applicants and developers who may be for us but who may also be against us.
There's also concerns on Page 4 where they say a seven-day notification is supposed to be given by the Planning Commission to the applicant or developer to RCOs and to the Councilperson. They say seven days. They don't say -- they don't talk about weekends. So we assume then it's five weekdays, but at the bottom on the same page, they talk about the fact that if the District Councilperson doesn't decide in a quick enough manner who their coordinating RCO will be, that they will pick that too. They never put any other time in it. But they will say if we don't move quickly enough. So does that mean that in seven days, we have to be notified, assuming we are notified within seven days, and then if we don't do it, how do we -- where are the assurances and checks and balances there?
There are many questions and many concerns that this bill raises.
The City Planning Commission created RCOs, not me or anyone in this Council. All my efforts have been are to try to protect the communities who send us here, who elect us, and who expect that we do our best to protect them and their interest in protecting their blocks and neighborhoods.
So, again, we say that we believe there are enough issues to at least warrant holding up the bill. If that is not the case, Mr. President, I will be voting no on this bill.
Thank you very much.