BEVER LEAVES CLOSED SESSION IN A HUFF
Word around town tonight is that Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever
abandoned the closed session meeting Monday evening as negotiations with the employee bargaining units were under discussion. Although it's not clear what was on his alleged mind, we're led to believe he plans to boycott further negotiations "because there is an election pending
". What? The election is five weeks off and the new council won't be seated for several weeks after that! Is he trying to stall the process until a new council is seated?
THIS ACT TAKES THE CAKE!
During Bever's almost 6 years on the City Council, and his time on the Planning Commission before that, we've seen him do some goofy and just plain stupid stuff, but this one takes the cake! Without further information we are left to engage in my favorite past time - speculation!
Let's try to figure out just why Bever would turn his back on his municipal responsibility. The city - in the midst of the worst financial crisis in it's history - is currently trying to negotiate with the employee unions to help solve the $9 million plus shortfall we will have in the 2010/2011 budget. Last year at this time, through intense negotiations, the employees agreed to furlough days to help the city through that time. This year our municipal predicament is even worse. Without a new contract the previous one continues on - a major problem for us budget-wise.
RIGHEIMER BEARING DOWN ON THEM
And, there is the specter of that runaway freight train, Jim Righeimer
, heading down the track toward the employees with the promise to "do something" about what he perceives to be excessive salaries and benefits. I'm sure it's difficult for the employee representatives to stay focused on the business at hand with the thought of Righeimer on the other side of the bargaining table soon.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR HIM?
If Bever has, indeed, decided to abandon his responsibilities as an elected councilman, we wonder why? What's in it for him? He's only got two years left on his term in office. Is it possible that he might be maneuvering for some kind of consideration once he leaves the city council? After all, Righeimer has LOTS of connections in the Orange County Republican Party. Might there be a seat on the OCTA Board in his future, for example? Gives us all something to think about.
EXPLAIN AND/OR RESIGN
In the meantime, I think Eric Bever owes us all an explanation for his actions. If he's unwilling to perform the requirements of his job, then he should just resign - the earlier the better, thank you very much.
Labels: Eric Bever, Jim Righeimer