The fix was in.
The checks were cashed and the money was spent.
Now the bag men showed up to collect.
And collect they did.
Tuesday night, council members Voigts, Robinson, and Nick voted to allow Brookfield and Trumark to proceed. This momentous case has been well chronicled in these pages, so they need little repetition. Here’s some links to previous stories.
But it’s not
over until the fat lady sings, and the fat lady still has a few more notes left
Longtime community activist Merijoe Alexrod has organized a grassroots protest
SATURDAY, 11 to 2, AUTO CENTER DRIVE
Please come and show your support. Bring a sign.
Longtime community volunteer, Mary Altoff, with the help of others, has agreed to circulate a referendum to force the City Council to put aside the Developer's Agreement and place this issue on the ballot. This means that the voters will get the chance to vote on this issue in the 2014 election. We need 4,000 signatures in the next 25 days, to meet the deadline. We need volunteers to help collect signatures. Come to the protest to show your support, sign the referendum and sign up to circulate petitions in your neighborhood.
VIOLATION OF ETHICAL CODE
It’s clear to me and just about everyone else that council members Voigts and Robinson who accepted money directly from Trumark and/or Brookfield, violated the city’s code of ethics which says –
2.3 Safeguard ability to make independent, objective, fair and impartial judgments by scrupulously avoiding financial and social relationships and transactions that may compromise, or give the appearance of compromising, objectivity, independence, and honesty.
2.4 Carefully consider if exceeding or appearing to exceed authority of office for personal and/or financial gain. When in doubt, avoid actions that create, in the mind of a reasonable observer, the appearance of impropriety, ethical lapses, legal violations, or actions inconsistent with the Leadership Principles.
I’ve asked the City Clerk to confirm the process for dealing with violations of the ethical code by council members.
This issue is not only important to the people who live in Foothill Ranch, it is important to everyone who cares about honest government. Do you want wealthy multi-billion dollar companies coming to our City, corrupting our elected officials, and building sub-standard projects?