In a city more ideologically than economic driven, the resignation of Josh Copley smacks of an attempt to move from City Manager to Strong Mayor governance. And that would be a huge mistake!
Case in point - affordable housing. Higher payrolls would do more than taxpayer subsidies. But instead we try to legislate income - a turnoff for businesses.
Another case - our neighborhoods. Why do we have twice as many staffers in Sustainability than in the toothless Code Enforcement. Quit worrying about plastic bags and do something about decaying properties.
Anyone considering business relocation can discern the city culture. Whether governance comes defacto Strong Mayor or flunky City Manager, the results will be bad.
Josh, I am truly sorry to see a solid manager like you go. There are many cities that could use your guidance.