Rabenaldt to Morem: You’ve been lying all these years
February 15, 2008
EDITOR’S NOTE: Tribune columnist Bill Morem this week audaciously called for the resignation of Pismo Beach City Council member Bill Rabenaldt, a public official elected by a lot of people who aren’t Bill Morem. Correctly figuring that Rabenaldt would be personally offended by the notion of helping The Tribune fill its empty space with his return salvo, UncoveredSLO.com asked the outspoken elected city official to tell our readers first what he really thinks.
By BILL RABENALDT
After Bill Morem’s Valentine note to me in yesterday’s paper, I sent him one, too. He simply replied, “Love ya. Bill.” To be honest with you, I really did think he liked me. I now realize he’s been lying to me about all sorts of things all these years.
Here’s a little that I have learned about Morem over the years (I was told early on not to trust him, but he’s always so nice to me it was hard to believe). As many know, I’ve been a member of the Pismo Beach City Council for 10 years now. Each time I come up for re-election, his newspaper asks me if I would like their endorsement. If so, I need to go and be interviewed by Morem, Sandy Duerr and a couple of other staff members. I may be a “fool” in his opinion but I am not stupid and believed I always did a fair job during these interviews.
Afterwards, his newspaper would always write a couple of good things about me (like, I made it to council meetings on time, but mostly negative.) I remember one in particular: “Rabenaldt is a dim star in a bright universe.” Of course, I would call my buddy Bill and ask where I went wrong so I could learn from the experience (not knowing I was talking to the article’s author). His reply was always the same, “Par Ridder [former Tribune publisher] really dislikes you and he really makes all the decisions. I don’t know why the rest of us are even invited.” Made sense to me because Par was a “pretty boy” with no substance and everyone knew it. Why wouldn’t I believe him?
When Morem was demoted, I even wrote a letter to the editor praising his abilities and accomplishments. Boy, was I ever a “fool,” as he likes to call me. Since I never figured out what was going on, he must be right. I won’t make the same mistake twice. Oh wait, I already have. He interviewed me on at least two occasions. Well, there won’t be a third, so take that.
Should I consider running for office again, I’m afraid I will have to decline any opportunity to be interviewed by his newspaper. Sure, since Morem has been demoted he won’t be there, but now I question his past influence on other staff members. Some of the reporters at that newspaper are first class and do a great job. I just hope Morem stays out of the newsroom. His way may be infectious.