Natalie Alcoba, quoting a speech delivered by City Manager Joseph Pennachetti to staff:
“We have invested great talent, time and creativity in programs and strategies to address the priorities of the previous mayor and council. It is natural to become attached to things that you have created. It requires leadership to adapt to new ways of thinking,” he said. “Our job is not to say, ‘That can’t be done.’ Our job is to work out, ‘How can that be done?’ ”
The whole thing is a good read, as it sort of underlies the weird position staff are in. They have to adapt to a new reality that’s not really based on hard facts but rather perception and reputation.