Arroyo Grande City Council should bow out of the parade
September 25, 2014
OPINION By MIKE BRENNLER
Please allow me to weigh in on the Steve Adams, Teresa McClish and Tony Ferrara fiasco, as it relates to the upcoming Harvest Festival.
It is clear that there are many Arroyo Grande residents who are disgusted with what they perceive as unethical behavior and actions from their city leaders. There have been some who have suggested protesting against their city council and city manager by creating a scene at the Harvest festival, specifically during the parade.
I understand the people’s frustration with their government and personally, I believe their frustration is reasonable and well founded.
My suggestion however, is that there should be no vocal protest in form of catcalls, booing or gestures against Adams, Ferrara, et al.
The festival is about promoting the community, the businesses and the good people of Arroyo Grande, particularly the children.
My suggestion to the city council is, given the circumstances, why don’t you sit this one out, so as to avoid such a scene. But if you do parade yourself, I would suggest the people simply register their discontent by averting their eyes or turning their back to attend to their children.
After the politicians pass, everyone can return to clapping and cheering like there is no tomorrow, especially for the children’s entries, the vets, and the marching bands, because that is what the festival is really about.
Once the festival has concluded you can exercise your political fervor in form of organizing, voting the rascals out and returning your community to the citizens.
Given the restraint and professionalism shown by the Arroyo Grande Police during this past week, I am sure they would agree with my assessment and suggestion.
I wish your Festival much success.
Mike Brennler is a retired police officer and the former mayor of Atascadero.
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