Letters to the Editor for Apr 01, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Great investigative journalism (“Kanalakis’ campaign treasurer represents property owners of potential jail site,” March 8-14). When the jail was built, the rotunda did not have the fencing on the second-tier officer-observation area; and the rotunda area, which now houses inmates, was mandated at that time in order to get federal funding to be used for programs. One of the problems has been deputies not doing their jobs and supervisors not supervising properly. Perhaps Jimmy Haws would not have been assaulted and the county would not have lost over $1.85 million in the resulting lawsuit had upper management jail staff and others done their jobs.Robert Oen | Soledad
My family and I are going to vote for Adam Moniz for mayor of Carmel because he is intelligent, ethicaland understands local issues.Our village needs a new mayor who will provide an open and transparent government.
Open government does not mean televising city council meetings.
• It means holding more town hall meetings, like Adam has already said he will do.
• It means publicly explaining whycity hallhas had to defend itself against so many lawsuits since Sue McCloud has been mayor; and how much taxpayer money has been paid out in secret settlements.
• It means appointing people to boards and commissions other than just those who voted for you.
• It means reinstating important boards and commissions, such as the Carmel Art Board, so residents can participate in their own government.
• And, it means providing information requested by the public in a timely manner.
Lastly, Moniz will ensure that city employees have a non-threatening, nontoxic work environment.Linda Anderson | Carmel
BLOWING THE WHISTLE
I urge Carmel voters to support integrity in government, fair employment practices and a professional workplace for Carmel employees. Vote for Adam Moniz and Jason Burnett in the April 13 election.Stephanie Pearce | Carmel Valley
BROWN ACT VIOLATIONS?
Having lived and done business in Carmel for over 22 years, I have watched Mayor Sue McCloud pursue personal vendettas and expose Carmel to extraordinary legal liability.
In 1999, for example, a Carmel City Hall employee handed me a fax that was addressed to all planning commissioners discussing one of my projects. The fax was sent by Sue McCloud and, after putting forth substantive arguments against my project, it concluded “if we all hang together on this we can kill this project.”
Several elected Carmel officials told me McCloud’s fax was unethical conduct and a violation of the Brown Act. I was quickly offered a settlement in exchange for not suing the city. This is why McCloud was not reappointed to the planning commission.
Shortly after McCloud was elected mayor, Rich Guillen asked me to meet with him and McCloud at Carmel City Hall. McCloud had a scowl on her face, leaned over the table, and threatened me. She said “things are going to be different from now on.”
Carmel residents and Carmel business owners deserve an ethical mayor. Sue McCloud is not an ethical mayor.John Mandurrago | Carmel