Scroll down the event announcement, and you'll find Westbard developer EYA and the Westbard redevelopment architecture firm Perkins Eastman among the "Platinum" and "Silver" sponsors of the award. Anderson was spotted sharing celebratory handshakes with EYA executives minutes after the Montgomery County Council passed the Westbard sector plan last May. Early this morning, the PR firm representing EYA and Regency Centers throughout the sector plan process congratulated Anderson on Twitter.
|Westbard development firm EYA|
listed as a "Platinum" sponsor
|Architectural firm for Westbard|
redevelopment project listed as
Of course, as you can see on the event announcement, there was a rainbow coalition of other development firms who have had - and will have - projects before Anderson for approval, chipping in to reward him.
Is governing against the will of the people something to reward? Is disrespecting leaders of a black church, and covering up (and then disregarding) the existence of an African-American cemetery laudable behavior? Should developers be able to give an award to a planning official, for "a job well done?" Is this ethical?
These are questions voters can answer in 2018.