While the city runs without a permanent police chief, a law to address the 800-and-growing pot-dispensary industry or a fully staffed fire department, the city council has cleared its calendar for the rest of the week.

It's not exactly midsummer or even Thanksgiving. But for some reason, City Hall is being abandoned like Andy Dick at a nightclub. Besides those pesky potholes (the city owes us a few grand in wheels and tires — we swear), there is serious business to attend to this week.

But take a gander at the official council schedule: Jobs and business development meeting? Canceled. Education and neighborhoods meeting? Canceled. Housing, community, and economic development? You guessed it — canceled.

The second largest city in the nation will be without its political leadership the rest of the week because council members will reportedly be out of town attending a National League of Cities conference in San Antonio — probably on our dime.

Awesome. Forgive us oh feudal council members if we're not exactly down with your Tahoe SUV-driving, rich-guy, wine-and-dining, mid-November, out-of-town-flying ways, but there's business to attend to.

You'll have plenty of time for rest and turkeys, and we're not just talking about your anti-declawing ordinance.

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