Long live the king!

This year’s coronation, once again, raises that nagging question… how is it that premeditated snubbings, total disregard for historical precedents and the selection of a new prom king and his clown prince can appear to go on behind closed doors without having crossed over the boundaries of the Brown Act?

Sadly, not only does it seem that most people have given up on caring, even the filing of a complaint with the FPPC seems to fall upon deaf ears.

The elections of 2012 should be heating up right after the summer solstice. If the new clown prince, the ex-pool boy, sees his shadow, we’re likely to have several more years of economic winter. Hopefully he’ll emerge from his hole under cover of those expensive solar panels down at city hall, there will be no shadow to see, and great and wonderful profits will be had by all!

Yeah right, once again The Lollipop Guild lived up to their reputation.

“After reviewing the play…”

[Added 01/15/12] Upon further review of the video, I’m finding it more and more difficult to understand how what transpired could have been serendipitous and unscripted. Too many things fell into place in just the right sequence, at just the right moment, for me to believe that there was no collusion. I suppose some will just dismiss my concerns as the rantings of one of Markman’s crazies… I’m honored.

If you’re amongst the precious few who really care what goes on in city hall, watch the December 20th Coronation again. Pay particular attention to the comments of Roy Moore. He’s right. Marty Simonoff ought to be sitting in the Mayor’s seat, or at least the Mayor Pro Tem. The “power trio” clearly turned their backs on the large number of Breans who have faithfully supported Mr. Simonoff over the years

Take a close look at the reactions and body language of our new Mayor Pro Tem. He looks to me a lot like the kid that got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

“Unsportsman like conduct by the offense…”

Next Tuesday’s meeting, January 17th, we’ll see how Mayor Schweitzer divvies up council’s 2012 committee assignments. Anyone want to bet Sir Schweitzer has his new MPT recommend that the mayor takes the salaried ($200/meeting) Sanitation District assignment away from Roy Moore and reassign it to himself?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to give it to the MPT so he could afford to pay back that $3,600 retroactive raise he banked? Murdock is the only holdout left, everyone else has made sure the ill gotten gains found their way back into city coffers.

Frankly, this whole “I’m taking my ball and going home” routine is starting to wear on me. November won’t come soon enough.

Closing Thoughts.

If it weren’t for the fact that recall efforts, excluding the obvious success in Bell, typically fall short of getting the signatures necessary to put it on the ballot… I’d be sorely tempted to encourage a little grassroots politikin’ around here. The phone calls and emails I’m getting lately suggest I’m not alone on this.

12 thoughts on “Long live the king!

  1. Interesting, made me go look up the Brown Act which I now know is California’s open meeting law. I feel that people have given up voting and participating and signing petitions and complaints because of a general distrust in all politicians in general.

    • Karla, I’m delighted that you took the initiative to dig into the subject and that you have a considered opinion about the current state of affairs. That sort of response is precisely what will help turn the tide in favor of a more sensible and affordable form of government. Thanks.

  2. City governments are challenging at best. We elect people to run high technology cities with sometimes diverse populations and they may only have experience with their own local business. It can be difficult to find and elect government officials who have a broader view and understand what goes on beyond their city borders, and how that affects what goes on within their city borders.

    • Denise, thanks for wading in. One of the things compounding the problem you mention is that so few people actually cast a ballot for local elected officials. I’ve heard estimates that rarely do registered voters exceed 25% of the population and that fewer than half of those might be considered high propensity voters.

      The fact that someone is consistent in exercising their right to vote has no correlation with their having cast a well considered ballot, consequently we elect those without the credentials needed to do the job and without the true will of the people in their hearts.

      Worse yet, small special interest groups are often able to muster the handful of votes they need to run an entire community by seating a majority whose sole agenda is to serve the interests of the group that got them elected. I believe that is the case in Brea.

      This begs the question, is apathy so indissoluble in the general public that we’re left with little or no hope for real change?

  3. I follow local news, including politics and elections. However, I don’t know what the Brown Act is. Thanks Karla for digging it up.

    2012 is the election year. My focus is to motivate people to participate, especially those belonging to ethnic groups such as Latinos and Asian. They complain about jobs and economy, but they never connect dots and let other people make (bad) decisions for them. They will get the same result if they do not participate.

    • Nicolas, thanks for joining the conversation! I’m all for any effort that motivates voters. I like your comment about “connecting the dots” — a perfect description.

  4. Rick, I got a political science degree but politics is my worst subject to comment on, strangely enough. I think it was too much time raising kids and not enough time watching/reading news. (oldest is 13 and youngest is 4) So, with that excuse out of the way I’m poised and ready to read more news and opinionated content from you.

    • Ha ha ha Alison! Raising kids takes precedent over so many things! You don’t need to offer any excuse at all, and I’m sure most would agree. Most would also agree that this blog is an interesting stew of both news and opinion… I’ve never tried to hide that I do feel strongly about these matters. Thanks again!

    • Sally, you bet it is. As long as the majority sits idly by they have no license to complain about anything. Time to stop being silent…

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