He used to say that when confronted with an scandal like the one our City faces in the "Muddlegate" unleashed against Measure M, instead of trying to cover things up, the best action if you respect your institution, was to come clean as soon as possible. Even if at the outset, doing so would be embarrassing and reveal your dumb mistakes.
"Because if you attempt to conceal it, you will eventually end up with not one, but two big problems. The original one, and the one created in trying to cover things up. Which oftentimes turns out to be a bigger headache."
In watching the City Manager struggling to convince there is nothing to report in their use of a consultant to attack Measure M and its proponents, Bob's wise words keep coming to mind.
I won't assume anything beyond what we have already seen. But in spite of those who lurk around the forums of The Almanac and who will try to confuse things even more, I have a feeling that what is visible at this point is just the tip of the iceberg.
With all due respect, Mayor Mueller's declarations that he didn't know about any consultant, sound too naïve to be true. And even if we gave him the benefit of the doubt, what role did he think he was playing when he allowed Greenheart to plaster his photograph on just about every piece of propaganda it put out?
Didn't he stop to consider the big favor he did the developer in reaching its goal of drowning any intelligent discussion about what the residents were trying to say?
And of course, every other Council Member did the same thing.
But at least they so far have remained very quiet about all this. I want to think they might be thinking that next time they shouldn't be so blatant in rooting for the guy with the big stick, as he beats up the little guy.