War And Peace.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

Let me take this opportunity to replay a little history and set the record straight.

schweitzer_300Thanks to Don Schweitzer, who in 2010 decided to upset the apple cart and push Garcia for Mayor in the final year of his first term, longstanding tradition was tossed out the window just to let Garcia run for reelection as the seated Mayor. Schweitzer, Garcia and Beauman ganged up and got their way, bypassing Moore as Mayor and Simonoff as Mayor Pro Tem.

Those that care will remember what a calamity the 2010 election became with the worst mudslinging and lack of campaign ethics in Brea’s history. And in the midst of the turmoil, a least likely most unworthy candidate slipped into office.

The following year, Moore was tossed a bone when Schweitzer, Garcia and Murdock gratuitously gave him the Mayorship. They once again snubbed Simonoff by making Schweitzer Mayor Pro Tem so he might end his third generation political career as Mayor.

Schweitzer, Garcia and Murdock had their way in 2011 putting Schweitzer in as Mayor, Murdock in as Mayor Pro Tem and rebuffing Simonoff for the third year in a row.

December 2012, in an unprecedented shift in reorganization process, Schweitzer required a formal motion to nominate a Mayoral candidate and in the ensuing confusion Brett suggested he was unready to hold the position of Mayor and nominated Garcia instead. Following poor counsel from City Attorney Markman, Moore was disallowed making a substitute motion to nominate Simonoff.

Flipping the fickle finger of fate in Simonoff’s face, a quid pro quo guaranteed Murdock an unheard of second sequential term as Mayor Pro Tem, and assured him of running for his second term as Mayor just like his buddy Garcia did two years before.

lincoln_criesFinally, the night of December 3, we observed what will likely become known as the most dreadful changing of the guard in Brea History. But that’s another blog. I’ll let you digest this and then I’ll give you a blow-by-blow recap of the Revolting Reorganization.


What Goes Around, Comes Around.

While heading to coffee this morning, an alert Brean gave me a heads-up on a new political sign that cropped up overnight.  I had to laugh, thinking how the “rough and tumble” politics of 2010 had come full circle.  Aren’t paybacks a b*tch.

No Connection To Brea Election.

Monika Koos is running for a trusteeship on the North Orange County Community College District.  Her campaign, other than to garner a few votes, has no nexus to either our race for Brea City Council or the ballot measures for accountability (Measure T) and open governance (Measure U). This handful of last minute signs smells sharply of revenge… nothing more, nothing less.

Gone In Sixty Seconds.

I’m glad I have one photo documenting this micro-event in the 2012 election season.  In less time than it took the Koos clan to (allegedly) pull down Ric Clough’s signs two years ago… voila… all but this one is gone.  It seems like these late night dirty tactics are becoming a standard part of Brea politics.

I’d be remiss not to include my personal opinion on the matter…

“No Koos Is Good News.”