July 22, 2004
Members of the new Tempe City Council have reached their first consensus: They hate the way they look.
Some are unhappy with their new portraits and want them changed before they hang on the walls of city buildings.
Plans to replace older pictures of the council with the updated head-shots were scrapped last week after at least four council members complained their heads appeared too large, city officials said.
City workers got as far as hanging the photographs in City Hall before they were told to stop hanging the new pictures, said Michelle Gurrieri, community relations coordinator.
"I don’t give a damn what picture they use of me," said Councilman Ben Arredondo.
The new portrait of Arredondo and one of Councilwoman Barb Carter were switched back to their older pictures at City Hall, Gurrieri said.
Superhero Productions took the photographs, which cost the city $1,150.39. After the photo shoot, council members were shown several different versions from which to choose. The photographer will alter the size of the heads on the portraits at no additional cost, Gurrieri said.
The new council meets at 7:30 p.m. today in council chambers at City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St.
Tempe City Council
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St.