The mission is financial stability and the establishment of the basic public services. To achieve this, we need a cohesive city council and city manager who will objectively work towards solutions.
Two of the three council members who participated in the decisions which have led the city to this point of financial calamity, are too vested in their positions and cannot, as they have demonstrated, be relied upon to be objective. The third council member, Jim Kennedy, is very closely associated with past Mayor Terry Caldwell, and by his actions to date, has proved to simply be a proxy for Caldwell.
The options are to wait until 2012 to elect new representatives, who will then work together towards this end, or to recall these three council members in 2011, offering the city an additional 12-18 months to work on the solutions.
Simply, if Rothschild and Cabriales resigned, saving the city the money and distractions of a recall, then McEachron and Kennedy would have a voice in who replaces them through appointment, offering some degree of confidence that the newly formed council will be much more likely to work together, developing solutions. If not, then the newly elected council members, either through recall or election in 2012, would be without the benefit of a cooperative agreement.
Therefore, it is not our first interest to initiate a recall, but would rather see Rothschild and Cabriales resign, so that new council can begin work immediately on the following potential solutions for generating and or saving monies:
1: Publish an RFP for legal services
2: Have an outside authority review the past ten years of legal fees paid for accuracy
3: Have an outside and objective authority offer an expert opinion as to the following:
a. Is Chapter 11 bankruptcy a valid and viable avenue
b. Is the Development agreement with Stirling voidable
c. Is the agreement with Inland voidable
d. Is the agreement transferring 344 acres to Stirling valid and without fraud
4: Immediately provide a balance sheet showing all assets and liabilities
5: Identify all city properties which may be sold – such as the golf course(s)
6: Immediately provide open access to the cities books to all council members
7: Implement new city policy requiring an RFP for all services and products
8: Terminate any employment agreements associated with SCLA, including the city economic development department and hire a real estate firm through RFP to facilitate any needed real estate services.
9: Place the development rights at SCLA up for open bid
10: Publish RFP for restaurant services at Grumpy Golfer for market rate rent.
The Mayor is opposed to a recall stating that he prefers unity, while Rothschild says he will step down in 18 months to give a new team a fresh look at things. Kennedy says it does not matter if Angela gets her ideas on calendar because he will vote “NO” in any event- Rudy plays innocent when he voted for every deal that has lost the city money, and yet will not vote to undo any of those decisions. So no, a recall is not what we want, but something that must be done if the city is to have a fighting chance.
W. Daniel Tate