Thank you Mr. Mayor!

When I pointed out the shortcomings of Mr. Schweitzer’s “Make A Difference” green website, I expected he might respond. My hope was that he would do something about that waste of cyber real estate and make a difference himself. But no, that would be hoping for too much it seems.

Still whining after all these years.

mayor_mug_01Never one to take criticism well, dropping off a nasty note and a tongue-in-cheek “gift” at the downtown Starbucks last night was apparently more Don Schweitzer’s style.

I think his inability to accept any opinion other than his own is at the heart of why his time on Council has been such a lackluster affair. That and his long running bromance with the City Manager, Tim O’Donnell.

mayor_mug_02Here’s what our illustrious Mayor had to say, “Rick – I heard you really wanted one of my mugs. I didn’t make any for this theme, but thought I would just for you. Enjoy it. I hope the coffee helps wash down some of your bitterness!! ~ Mayor Don Schweitzer”

Bitterness? Bitter disappointment would be much more like it, Mr. Schweitzer.

I predicted a couple of months ago that Mr. Schweitzer would duck seeking a third term, not wanting to end the family legacy with a resounding loss. Good bye and good luck.

What does the future hold?

I’ll go out on a limb here and make an educated guess. I’ll wager Mr. Schweitzer attempts to reinfect the Brea Historical Society, squeezing himself back into some sort of prominence and control, so he can micromanage Brea’s Centennial celebrations.

I’m hoping the Society’s board keeps a wary eye out for the intrusion and stops it cold in it’s tracks. We don’t need another big start little finish project under Mr. Schweitzer’s not-so-green thumb. Where Don goes, nothing grows.

Move on Don. Don’t be lured into dancing around the edges of the local political scene, like several of your cronies. And have the decency to stay out of the nasty, rough and tumble mud slinging we’re expecting over the next few months.

Pick a candidate. Extend an endorsement. Make a contribution. Forget about taking cheap shots with your buddies by mailing out those “hit pieces” for which you’re all so well known. Sit back for a change and let nature take it’s course.

I trust the collective intelligence of the Brea voters far more than the personal opinions of you and your little clique of ex-somethings.

Editorial Update – 01/14/13:

DonS_150As I guessed, Hizonner Schweitzer opted not to run again and his canonization extolled the “green-ness” of his tenure in office. Again, baloney! I should do a CPRA request on his silly One Ton Challenge and expose the sham that it was as well.

11 thoughts on “Thank you Mr. Mayor!

  1. Wow, I don’t care how much you may disagree – that’s not how a mayor should talk to one of his constituents. I wonder if our wonderful city manager helped pen the last line.

    • Andrew… Yeah, I’ve never masked the fact that I disagree with much of what goes on in city hall, but apparently I hit a nerve this time. Don’s is entitled to his opinion, however. I just wish he had the courage of his convictions to post a comment or even sit down face-to-face. Neither, unfortunately, have been his style. Thanks for wading in here, I appreciate your response.

      • He’s certainly entitled to his opinion and I respect it. Here’s to the next few months and breaking the City Manager’s council majority.

  2. Never expected to see such a reply from a politician. I can imagine your reaction after reading it!

    • Tereza… So many politicians have very large extremely fragile egos, I wasn’t that surprised.

  3. That’s crazy, what he wrote to you. Looks very unprofessional. It’s good that you included a photo of it, since it would otherwise be hard to believe that a mayor would put something like this in writing!

    • Daniel… Makes you wonder what the quality of his judgement has been for eight years.

  4. Rick, you should wear that note as a badge of honor. Whether I agree with all your views or not, I completely appreciate the value you add to our community because you care to stay informed, you care to share your opinions with everyone else, but most importantly you dedicate so much of your time to do it.

    You have pointed me to some clues that were helpful to me to get a better overall perspective, and you have backfilled some gaps in my historic knowledge of Brea politics. Because of that, I am inclined to support Marty Simonoff and Steve Vargas in the upcoming elections. I still want to a chance to meet them face-to-face and hear from them personally on issues that I feel are important. But you have begun to sway me.

    • Stephen… I welcome conversations with inquisitive folks and have enjoyed ours. While we do not agree on everything, we do agree on the importance of making well informed choices in the voting booth.

      Hopefully this year will see the reversal of a very dysfunctional imbalance on the City Council with the overdue exit of Mr. Schweitzer and the election of Mr. Simonoff and Mr. Vargas. We also need to pass both Measure T, the Brea Open Governance Act and Measure U, the Brea Accountability Act .

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