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.


It’s Deja Vu All Over Again.

Last night’s Council reorganization couldn’t have been any more bizarre or ridiculous had it been written and directed by Woody Allen.  The gracious exit of one Mayor, the selection of a new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem has been a time honored annual celebration of leadership.  Recent years have seen this tradition collapsed into a clash of political opinions and personal agendas.


My first response to what I observed was to toss in the flag and charge unsportsmanlike conduct.  The little cartoon above will have to suffice for now.

The Decision On The Field Is Being Reviewed.

It would be inappropriate for me to dash off a quick and poorly considered replay.  Brea Matters readers deserve a more thoughtful and complete recap of the Council reorganization.  I’m working on it and, within a day or so, it should be posted.

All good things come to those who wait…  your patience is appreciated.