I did not get to the State of the City speech by Mayor Tom Adams the other night, but according to Facebook postings, Adams suggested the city return to the old system of just having the City Council select the mayor from among by themselves, which generally (not always) turns out to be a simple rotation.
Comment: As a former reporter I have attended many council meetings in several local cities that are roughly Monrovia's size (Arcadia, Temple City, San Marino, Alhambra, La Verne), and all these cities have (or, perhaps, had) the system Adams is proposing, and I never noticed any real difference between how they were run and how Monrovia is run. I think the elected-mayor system is really better for larger cities, but seems harmless in smaller cities. My one thought is that Monrovia should just do whichever is cheaper.
- Brad Haugaard