Jason Burnett and the new council will seek to find the right person with the qualifications to balance the talent already on council and who will work well with the rest of the members. And that is the right thing to do. There is no tradition here, folks.
With Leverone's and Profeta's incredibly poor showing in this race, the pressure is off the Council to appoint one of them. They do not have strong enough support in the community to justify elevating them to council. In spite of claims that everyone ran positive campaigns, you would have to take exception to Profeta whose campaign was a continual assault on the Planning Commission, candidate Beach and the existing City Council. Count him out as the grumpy old man. His presence actually helped get Beach elected. And Leverone has very serious health issues.
If you want to apply Brooks' odd logic that the next highest vote getter should be appointed, then you must look to Pepe's tally. He is the next highest. Brooks (a strong Leverone supporter) should be careful what she wishes for, because Pepe would be a disaster up there on the dais with Burnett and Talmage. And, Brooks is wrong about tradition. Years ago when McCloud appointed Gerard Rose to a vacant seat, she claimed it was because he was the next highest vote getter, when in reality he had been part of her slate at the time and her efforts failed to help get him elected, so she just appointed him instead.
Jason has delivered on his promises for Carmel, including making our government more inclusive and transparent. And we can expect more of the same when he is mayor. He is the only mayoral candidate who will work hard for the benefit of the whole community and the only candidate that will not hand off the job to others once in office. Jason is well-prepared to start on Day One to begin working toward water solutions for the entire peninsula.
Jason is the person I want to see at the helm and is the only one who will protect the unique character of the village we care about. His lives by his word and the Carmel residents know that.
We look forward with great confidence to the day Jason becomes Mayor. The vast majority of the community will give a collective sigh of relief when that happens. We look forward to Carmel's future guided by Jason's leadership.
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
To paraphrase other Roosevelt quotes: Jason is the doer, the man who actually does the work, the one who really counts; not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done. While criticism may be useful; it can never take the place of action. It is the doer that counts, not not the critic who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought.
How lucky Carmel is to have a leader like Jason. How fortunate that he is at the right place at the right time to be the next Mayor of Carmel.
To clarify for PacificGroveBound and Observer, the mayor of Carmel is a member of the City Council, so moving from city council member to mayor represents a continuation of the same service at a higher level. I think Jason Burnett has set an example of smarts, effectiveness and cooperation on the City Council, and if he does run for mayor it would be great for our village.
Gesicki continues to flip-flop in campaigning, giving voters good reason to not vote for him. One example: First he says the district is wasting money. Then he claims they are hoarding money. And, he doesn't understand how ambulance service operates in Monterey County. He doesn't know that an AMR ambulance is already positioned at Rio Road and Hwy l, near the Cypress Rio Road station. And AMR's service is augmented by Carmel and Carmel Valley. The Carmel and Monterey firefighters' endorsement of Gesicki undermines their fellow employees on the Carmel ambulance and is doing a real disservice to the City of Carmel in which they serve. Why? Because if Gesicki were to prevail, Carmel would be out hundreds of thousands of dollars in ambulance income derived from calls to the Cypress area and in turn might make the ambulance too costly for Carmel to continue operation. Voters should ignore this buffoon. Gesicki is making it real easy for the voters to re-elect incumbents Dale, Dally and Anderson who have been doing an outstanding job of running Cypress District. Don't try to fix that which is not broken!
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Good to see that Regina Doyle and Bob Brower received endorsements from both the Monterey County Weekly and the Monterey Herald. They deserve to continue their work. Now is not the time to be changing players when time is of the essence to find new water supplies.
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