Arroyo Grande investigation is not a waste of time
August 31, 2014
OPINION By OTIS PAGE
Regarding the Tribunes editorial, “Why is Arroyo Grande wasting time on inquiry into ‘incident’ involving two staff members?” on Aug. 29, it appears the Tribune’s editor and respected correspondent Cynthia Lambert may have the impression that the citizens who spoke during public comment in the Aug. 26 Arroyo Grande Council meeting concerning the admitted indiscretion of the city manager are “self-righteous conspiracy theorists” who will never “disbelieve slimy reports of a sex scandal.”
I disagree. Those citizens spoke for and the council agreed to an audit; an investigation of the facts surrounding the allegation of misconduct.
To “strongly urge the Arroyo Grande City Council to stand by its employees” and to suggest “there’s no need to follow that up with an inquisition” is to join the cover-up that many believe has occurred, especially by those citizens who appeared and gave their views that an audit and new investigation should occur. This is especially important since a review may clear the names of the respected City Manager, Steve Adams, and equally respected Teresa McClish.
The investigating attorney did not receive “sworn testimony.” His report was unwritten and submitted to the council based on “hearsay.”
How can the citizens trust the attorney’s unwritten report when no formal deposition under oath was taken? Especially, since the attorney is associated with the City Attorney’s law firm. This begs the legitimate question — despite Mayor Tony Ferrara’s sober confirmation of the lawyer’s integrity — was the lawyer truly hired to investigate the facts or to repair the damage?
Those citizens giving their statements did so since they are rightfully troubled by the incident no matter how trivial or innocent it may appear. The Tribune’s editorial is offensive and sustains the concern that it is also a cover-up because of the revelation by a competing news source, CalCoastNews.
Otis Page is a concerned citizen of Arroyo Grande.