Policy or Pandering?
It is not a public hearing. It is not a council workshop. It does not address pending council business.
So here's the issue: If it's not policy, is it pandering? If this is a campaign event, is it proper to hold it in the city council chamber? Or, should it be held at some other available site?
Further, how should Mr. Gahan conduct this forum? Should he make arrangements to have a recording secretary or other documentary record system? Will he make findings afterward? Will he share these findings and opposing views in any kind of report to council and the public? Are there to be invited speakers to represent various views of the issues? Will Mr. Gahan arrange for law enforcement or other security to maintain control of the gathering? Would you guess the forum will be contentious and angry, or calm and reasoned?