This morning an email showed up in my inbox from a good friend and neighbor to Councilman Vargas. All of Council was copied. It echoed rising sentiments following the last Council meeting (read my summary here).
All things considered, I thought it only reasonable to add this to the public discussion before the next Council meeting on Tuesday.
June 18, 2016
Dear Mr. Vargas –
Hearing about term limits, I took the time to familiarize myself with the issue by reading Brea Matters and then viewed the hour long council discussion, which presented two very opposing views.
Confused, I asked others, what was the impetus for the filing? I thought we as a community were finally satisfied with our city council members.
The response from several sources was that you have a personal vendetta against Marty.
I am abhorred that you would drag the residents of Brea through an initiative that will be very difficult to overturn to satisfy a personal agenda.
In the last election, we as a community rid the incumbent simply by voting and through grass root efforts. Do you believe it’s satisfactory that Brea ‘start over’ every eight years? Glenn Parker’s stats prove that people leave on their own or by votes, which is the why it’s called an ‘election.’
Your campaign promises to me personally, and to the community, was to engage with us. You’ve now compromised your commitment to us by filing for a ballot initiative with no regard to the residents’ opinions on the proposal.
Steve, this is from your website: stevevargas.com.
“For over a decade politicians have been promising us a more transparent government, but we’ve yet to see it. As your Council person, my number one objective will be to help ensure that every resident and voter is afforded a real opportunity to make your feelings known to Council.
Your input should always play a key role in Council decisions. This is your home.
Bottom line, a government that listens to its constituents, that demonstrates the ability to work as a team, that keeps the budget balanced and the city safe, is all any of us could wish for. Together, we can make a better Brea.”
This is classical bait and switch politics, and I am disappointed that you’ve become one of ‘them.’
I implore you to do the right thing and withdraw your submission.