Anne Fauver finally speaks out — about old taxis

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imageAnne Fauver, who has yet to speak out publicly about the Sept. 10 police raid at the Eagle, did find an issue important enough for her to discuss with the public: Whether the maximum age for taxi cabs in the city should be extended to 10 years from eight.

That’s right, Fauver — so busy with other matters that she left a City Council committee hearing when the topic of the Eagle surfaced — felt so strongly about the taxi cab issue that when her colleagues voted Monday, she was the only one to vote against pushing the limit to 10 years.

“To have an 8-year-old cab is bad enough,” she said. “To have a 10-year-old cab is inexcusable.”

She didn’t say much then, but in Sunday’s AJC she penned a four-graph statement expanding on the taxing taxi cab issue for the paper’s “Pro & Con” feature that pitted her against Council member C.T. Martin, who supported increasing the maximum age. In it, she accuses colleagues on the council of having “a bleeding heart.”

Clearly, a “bleeding heart” is not an affliction Fauver suffers from.

During a Sept. 15 meeting of the council’s Public Safety Committee, about 20 gay folks came to complain about the raid five days earlier in which eight people were arrested and patrons complained of harsh treatment by police officers dressed in paramilitary gear. When someone called Fauver out on her lack of public discourse on the matter — she is the council’s only openly gay member — she uttered this before rushing out the door: “I’m in your court.”

Maybe we’re just looking in the wrong place for Fauver to comment. After all, a reporter had to interrupt Mayor Shirley Franklin in the paint aisle of Home Depot before she would comment on the raid.

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