The attached letter was forwarded to me over the weekend and I found it shocking. Without weighing in on the merits of the school as I do not have the benefit of any of those details (nor should I prior to the presentation to the Planning Commission), I would like to weigh in on what is one of the finest examples of why it is time for change in this election in Districts 4 and 6 and time for change again when the City Council seats come up for Districts 1 and 3.
The letter confirmed that the elite backroom politics that so many of us know goes on are real. It confirms that the group of Neal O'Brien, Rick Mohrig, Karen Thurmond, Bill Lusk and now add Roger Santi to the list are attempting to run the city as their own without allowing the process of checks and balances that the Design Review Board, Planning Commission and City Council meetings provide. There is absolutely no legitimate reason for any City Council member to have offered a position on this plan at this point in time. ..and yet the letter states "To date we have received favorable support from Neal O'Brien, Rick Mohrig, Bill Lusk, Karen Thurmond and a current candidate, Roger Santi." The letter goes on to say "The present political climate has the votes to get the building site approved." This could not be more inappropriate. It tells me that the "team" of Neal O'Brien, Rick Mohrig, Karen Thurmond, Bill Lusk and Roger Santi think they are above the rules set forth for the City and Community. It says they are willing to have side meetings and make commitments outside of public hearings. It says they have chosen to act in contrast to the code of ethics as advised to all of us and as we were trained by Mark Scott and a 3rd party consultant on how to conduct City business in an ethical manner. They are voting before the process of public hearings and your input has been heard.
It means it is time for change when you go to the polls tomorrow. Please send Neal O'Brien, Rick Mohrig and Roger Santi a message.....WE WILL NOT TOLERATE YOUR BACKROOM POLITICS. Vote for change by electing Burt Hewitt and Alan Tart. Please re-elect Julie Zahner Bailey who is above these antics and who works within the guidelines of how to conduct ethical business for the City.
Please elect Julie Zahner Bailey, Burt Hewitt and Alan Tart tomorrow....November 6th.