Joff Smith, in his enthusiasm, awkwardly proposed a more aggressive plan than the City Manager’s, and after voting for Operation Yellow Box in general, voted against the City Manager’s particular implementation; that second vote was 10-1.
This morning, pro-Yellow Box organizers wrote in an e-mail:
Thank you so much for your support. The council clearly heard our voices and responded. Without the pressure of community supporters, it really could have gone either way tonight. Last week we only knew of six yes votes and four likely no votes. Tonight was an important step in making Worcester a safer city. Thank you for making it happen!
The T&G recap includes the typical belligerent comments from Internet readers.