Well, it’s time I offered a public response to the folks wondering if I’d been run out of town by our new bloviating blogger. Hardly. His vacuous attempts to wade in on issues without the benefit of a single provable fact have only served to boost readership of Brea Matters.
Yes, there are numerous topics that are high on my interest list… and most involve spending serious coin, setting precedents that may prove harmful in the future, will create greater traffic hassles than we now endure or barely give lip service to the promises of greater transparency and engagement.
Simply put, I have refrained from wading in for good reason. Having been appointed to the Planning Commission I must weigh each issue based upon whether it, or some aspect of it, might find it’s way onto the Commission’s agenda.
My job as a Commissioner is to review and understand every item with an open mind, my opinions set aside in favor of case-by-case judgments made without bias.
Thankfully, I am working with four other Commissioners and a professional staff having deep histories and broad experience in public planning and an excellent grasp of the laws, regulations, ordinances, guidelines and standards that apply.
What about Citizen Clark?
I am taking a page from Roy Moore’s playbook. For sixteen years he successfully chronicled every issue, large or small, in his bi-monthly newsletter BreaNet.
When issues heated up he solicited opinion from the friends and neighbors he faithfully served. He trusted the public and they trusted him.
When issues were formally discussed, BreaNet filled in the gaps in action minutes giving us the details we needed to better understand what was happening down at city hall.
And when the votes were cast, Roy Moore provided a clear analysis of the final results.
What better mentor than Roy Moore?
I can think of none.
I shared my draft of this post with Roy this afternoon. He was kind enough to put down the Sunday paper and share his thoughts on how I will best serve Brea with this blog.
I’m doubly encouraged that he’s considering guest blogging here as a way of continuing his service to Brea. I’m eager to hear his stand on matters like unfunded pension liabilities, proper use of the 560 Fund and whether Brea ought to be paying some outsiders $180 thousand bucks to tell us how to plan for the next decade or two.
I have no doubt Roy will keep a close eye on me and will be quick to take me to task should I need it. So… that’s it for today.
And make no mistake, “I’ll be back.”