Speakers one, two, three at Matters from the Audience tonight, the Old Guard’s Lynn Daucher. Bev Perry and Glenn Parker went straight into damage control mode. Having exposed themselves and their obsession to have everything done their way during the recent campaign season, their performance at the podium tonight struck me as a last ditched effort to establish some relevance.
Though they’re a day late and a dollar short, it was oddly reaffirming that they ripped Schweitzer, Murdock and O’Donnell new ones over the inappropriate and unacceptable junket they took to Korea and Japan.
You heard it here first folks.
As the first to publicly challenge Schweitzer, Murdock and O’Donnell for their arrogant misuse of public funds (September 20) to attend a Sister Cities folkloric event with a side trip to Japan for a little sushi (November 6), I’m somewhat heartened to think that this egregious violation of the public trust has even evoked the wrath of the Old Guard.
Daucher’s tongue lashing was given with the hopes that her own shady past was sufficiently ancient history, but it only took about two minutes following the meeting’s adjournment before a couple of sharp Brea residents sent me a link to an OCWeekly article from ’07.
It mentions allegations of Daucher “improperly charging California taxpayers for personal travel and then attempting to mask the expenditures.” Oops…
Can you say double standard?
Bev Perry, in her signature impromptu rambling style, once again extolled the virtues of how great things were in the ol’ days. If I understood what she was suggesting, recent policy changes (i.e. since she left office) have undermined the Council’s ability to make consistently well considered decisions.
She challenged the travel expenditure, pointing out that, again in the good ol’ days, assuming such junkets could even get approved, all travel costs would have come through Sister City car washes or bake sales, better yet perhaps be covered by the Chamber of Commerce… not from the General Fund!
Hmmm… isn’t that what I was suggesting months ago?
Finally, Glenn Parker waded in telling Council that they need to set aside their personal differences and agendas and start conducting the city’s business like adults, carrying out the desires of their constituents.
Nobody believes Murdock is ready to take on the role as Mayor, we’ll see if the people’s will prevails.
Measure T received more votes than Marty Simonoff, underscoring the people’s desire to get serious about capping salaries and costs. We’ll see if O’Donnell and Markman mount a campaign to derail what “we the people” worked so hard to achieve.
Parker also harped upon how long it’s been since Brea conducted any legitimate community engagement or independent compensation analysis (not that funky ten city survey). According to Parker, it’s easily been over 20 years. Long overdue, wouldn’t you say?
And, as a postscript, Keith Fullington once again made a plea for a complete accounting of the costs of this Asian adventure. To date, O’Donnell’s salary and benefits have been conveniently excluded. Clearly not best practices one would find in the private sector.
Fullington promised to keep coming back until he got an answer, to which Mayor Schweitzer arrogantly replied, “See you at the next meeting Keith.”
Time for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.