Squid Fry 6.07.12
Squid Doth Speaketh
Thursday, June 7, 2012
SUMMER READING… While Squid’s colleagues were putting the finishing touches on the Weekly’s summer reading guide, it set Squid to wondering: What are local race-runners reading this week? Byrl Smith’s campaign manager Rick Taylor (who tells the Weekly that Smith’s campaign party took place in an empty office shell because “Jane [Parker] hasn’t been able to create jobs”) was re-reading All the President’s Men. (He thinks it’s an instructional manual.) Smith is making her way through Fracking Details: Enjoying the Glamor of Politics Without All That Annoying Research. Supervisor candidate Marc Del Piero was toting around a copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People (to compete with Supervisor Dave Potter’s bedside reading, Secretariat, Sea Biscuit and The Horse Whisperer). In District 1, Sergio Sanchez was working on a piece of Star Wars-inspired fan fiction: A young padawan learns the force (of unions) and rises up against his father-figure (a thinly disguised Fernando Armenta) while backed by a lovable wookie (fellow Salinas councilman Tony Barrera). With MDP and Dave facing off come November, and Fernando and Tony doing the same, there are undoubtedly sequels to come.
GIFT OF THE MAGI… Sometimes Squid becomes so engrossed in a novel – particularly classics about about power and greed – Squid loses track of reality. Dave Potter seems to share that proclivity for the fanciful, selectively blocking out some of the inconvenient truths of, say, California Fair Political Practices Commission investigations.
FPPC’s enforcement chief Gary Winuk confirms Potter’s under investigation on two counts, one related to the Steve Collins desal disaster, plus “a gift issue.” Potter says he’s unaware he’s the subject of any investigation, even though Winuk puts it thusly: “He should be.”
“I’d be shocked if they came up with anything to do with me related to Steve Collins,” Potter says. “I have absolutely no connection to him whatsoever. Marc Del Piero has a bigger connection.”
By bigger connection, Potter means Del Piero hired Collins in 1988 as an accountant for his campaign. As Del Piero is fond of saying, those are days when dinosaurs roamed the earth. But a fossil analysis reveals backroom dealing and cozy developer ties in each camp. Rumor has it the FPPC investigation is finally winding down. Before going public, the watchdog gives everyone a shot at negotiating a settlement – an unlikely bet considering Potter and compadre Lou Calcagno claim ignorance. Who knows: Maybe they’ll take a cue from Treasure Island and wave the white flag.