Guest opinion: Mayor's letter upsetting for police supporter
Original post made on Nov 11, 2012
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on Nov 11, 2012 at 8:10 am
Strange that the Mayor went to such effort to comment on the APOA letter and does not respond here to Mr. Way's letter.
Mr. Way opens with the statement:
"We believe the mailing to be a misuse of taxpayer dollars for political purposes. If the mayor does not like the people (Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest) the APOA endorsed for council, he should have to use his own campaign funds to promulgate his beliefs..."
I also believe the EIR to move the library to the park to be a misuse of taxpayer dollars for political purposes. The EIR was ratified by Widmer, McKeithen, and Dobbie and then referenced by the Yes on F Committee, which McKeithen donated to, advised, and made phone calls on behalf of to lobby for town votes.
on Nov 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm
Bill encourages us to visit his website, Web Link.
The first thing you see is his election tagline, "Budget-minded Independent Listening Leader".
Let's start with "Independent".
How does he square his Independence with his voting so often with Dobbie and McKeithen?
Might it have something to do with his being appointed Vice Mayor at his first Council meeting?
For those not familiar, the Vice Mayor and Mayor seat rotates among the Council Members. In 2011, it was to be Lewis' turn to be Vice Mayor. But, she got bypassed. Dobbie and McKeithen nominated Bill instead. And, with Bill's help (he was his own third vote), he became the Vice Mayor at his very first meeting. Thus began the 3-2 split on the Council.
How could Dobbie, McKeithen, and Widmer coordinate this "coup" had they not coordinated their actions, perhaps in violation of the Brown Act?
More importantly, what did Bill owe Dobbie and McKeithen in exchange for getting this Vice Mayor seat when he had only just been elected? Is he truly "independent" when he owes them so much in return for the quick ascension to power?
We turn now to "Library".
Bill's website lists many platforms. He does mention "Library" as one of his issues, but does not declare he's in favor of moving it to the park. His archived SmartVoter platform also fails to mention moving the library to the park. Of course, this all smells like Obama's Rose Garden Benghazi terrorism comment. It's certainly a convenient mention of the word Library early in the game, but hardly a committed platform of moving the library to the park.
Did he misread the voters, as he claims? Or, did he promise to support McKeithen's and Dobbie's desire to build a new library in exchange for so quickly being made Mayor? Why would someone who is supposedly independent stubbornly resist letting residents vote on this matter for so long despite the apparent overwhelming opposition?
Finally, we turn to "Ethics".
Bill mentions "Ethics" as a platform issue as well. Does he advocate transparency as the ethical way to do business? Would that include limiting agenda items to only those pre-approved by the Council majority?
Would ethics prohibit the use of Town funds to mail letters to residents so that he could counter a political campaign?
Does ethics include following the Brown Act, including the serial meeting provision? If so, how was McKeithen able to submit a letter in this very newspaper before a Friday deadline mentioning a YouTube video that Bill wouldn't publish until the next day?
These are all important questions. Will the answers ever see the light of day?
on Nov 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm
We have a top notch police department. Let's have them investigate this. Any possible conflict coming from Widmer's criticisms of their letters and campaigning can be waived by the new council. Only arrests and criminal prosecutions can rectify these wrongs. These guys didn't just lose on F, war crimes have been committed here. I'd like to see John Mattes as judge, jury, and executioner.