A modest step that received a lot of lukewarm support
I really appreciate this post and that your links make it easy to access the counsel notes!
Can they be challenged to hold themselves accountable? Is there some metric (homes built, I'd suggest) where they can set themselves a bar, and agree to not-run-again if the bar isn't met?
I'd like somebody to show a graph of total housing, which at least is a rising line, if not fast enough - then draw in the line that they're going to make happen, the steeper one. With an agreement to step aside if they don't succeed.
With most city councils, they can dodge with "I'm not a dictator, can't be held responsible for collective failure". But THIS city council has a majority, and claim to be one united group. (Are they a party? Whatever...)
So, they should be able to make promises. If they can't, they should be reminded of it all the time. "You won't make promises, because you have no confidence in your big plans, either. Why should we?" etc.
It's kind of a pleasure to be talking about about a material problem you can apply metrics to. Far better than talking about "culture" .