By deciding to let voters determine the matter in a special election this July, the Monrovia City Council thought it had settled a fight over an ordinance restricting overnight parking. That was before Tuesday night's council meeting.
After they were attacked by proponents of the ordinance on the grounds that the election would be expensive and an uncourageous way to avoid making a difficult decision, the council decided to hold one more public hearing.
"If all hard decisions have to go on the ballot, I suggest we have an election every month for all issues and dissolve the City Council," said Pat Myers, a former school board member.
At an earlier meeting, the council was attacked by opponents of the ordinance, which would forbid parking on city streets from 2 to 6 a.m. without a special permit, who charged that council members were dictatorial and that the ordinance would violate constitutional rights.