The Buck Passes Here.

Mayor Mumbles McEloquent outdoes himself.

garcia_jester_200Anyone who watched last night’s Brea City Council meeting (or catches it on public access over the next couple of weeks) will know exactly what I’m talking about.

The Mayor was in rare form.

I’m not sure what I found more obnoxious, his never-ending stream of inane attempts at humor, usually at the expense of someone else, or his repeated buck passing.  We’ve all grown accustomed to the Mayor’s propensity to hog the spotlight and his penchant for saying the wrong things at the wrong time. Thankfully, the shame and embarrassment he brings to the community has a twelve month shelf life and there’s little likelihood he’ll run for a third term… successfully.

What are you really concerned about, Ron?

jester_aTo even the most casual observer it would appear that you’re far more worried about that fragile reputation of yours than about the serious issues facing the city today.

We get it Ron, none of Brea’s problems can be laid at your feet.  You’ve done an absolutely faultless job for over six years, have always been open and honest with your constituents and have never made a mistake in carrying out your duties.

There are exceptions to every rule.

rgarcia_stacheYou’re perfect… except for taking credit for things that others have done. Oh, and for a couple of fiscal faux pas like voting yourself a raise and handing the City Manager an obscene and unwarranted salary (referring to him as “Mr. Mayor” last night was undoubtedly your finest Freudian slip).  And maybe treading so close to the edge of violating the Brown Act that you actually woke up the City Attorney.

On the other hand, how delighted we are to know that you’re willing to fight for our right to speak our piece from the podium and that you’ll never deny anyone’s right to openly discuss any matter in a public forum.  We salute you.

This is the stuff of great legacies!