Speaker ejected from contentious Arroyo Grande Council meeting

October 8, 2014
Mayor Tony Ferrara

Mayor Tony Ferrara

OPINION By OTIS PAGE

In a very special example of hindsight, the Arroyo Grande City Council called a special meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning to take public comments, hail the Brown Act, on the plan to select an “interviewer,” to reexamine the Adams/McClish incident. Hindsight? Read on:

Public testimony was given, most of which was critical of the plan and the crass decision of 9 a.m. for the meeting on a workday for most citizens.

Yours truly stated emphatically “that given that the Arroyo Grande Police Officers’ Association (AGPOA) has stated “certain members of this Council have chosen to prejudge the so-called evidence and have already pre-determined what the outcome should be,” why should the citizens agree with the Council’s selection of an independent interviewer?

That, the council has selected an investigator who is contracted to examine the council on the issue of the cover up. That this reason alone constitutes an incestuous conflict by the fact the council may be subtly controlling the investigation of itself. That the council in framing the process investigating itself and then is the judge of the results of the investigation. Why? Ferrara knows the interviewers — ex police officers from Ventura.

Added to these points is the fact that both Mayor Ferrara and City Manager Steve Adams have publicly stated there has been no cover up and the police are wrong in their complaint.

Nevertheless, ignoring the comments protesting the interviewing scheme, Councilman Jim Guthrie explained the contract with Sintra had been made. It was a “fait accomplie”!

This immediately caused a reaction by attendees at the council meeting. “Why are we here?” Obviously the horse was stolen and the council is attempting to close the door. All this at 9 a.m. on a workday. Hindsight by the council?

But this was contested by the observing and offended citizens who attended the meeting. There is horse manure behind that barn. Outrage. Why at a 9 a.m. meeting to disclose the deed is done? The contract is made and interviews start on Thursday, Oct. 9.

In exclaiming a frustration throughout the meeting (no applause — public comment had been made — sit down Otis) Ferrara cut the mike and instructed a police officer to escort this writer out the door.

The police officer did so with a smile on his face, for he knows which side Otis is on. Ah, the deceit of politics in its crudest form. Only in Chicago?

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149 Comments

  1. cowtipper says:

    The Shredder sure gave some insight to the Otis thingy today:
    http://www.newtimesslo.com/shredder/11539/uhotis/

    (-1) 3 Total Votes - 1 up - 2 down
  2. mj.akins says:

    You will reap what you sow, Mayor F. This town is done with your BS. Tired of seeing your negative looking arrogant scowl upon this community. Time to let someone who knows what they are doing do a much better job than you. Jim Hill will not only fill your shoes but probably kick them out of the doors for the stench they caused. I wouldn’t blame him…I wouldn’t want the stench either from your corrupt attire. Goodbye!

    (1) 3 Total Votes - 2 up - 1 down
  3. barneyfife says:

    You “good ” people of Mayberry crack me up….if YOU had a CRAZY old kook stalking you and screaming like a fool at public meetings …then YOU would also be seeking a restraining order.

    NOTHING GOOD CAME OUT OF THIS FOR YOUR CAUSE.

    The mayor gained ground.

    (-8) 24 Total Votes - 8 up - 16 down
    • LeAnn says:

      The mayor did not gain ground. Otis is not crazy. You just don’t agree with Otis or the group that is unsatisfied with the current leadership, if you could call it that…….you are the fool, you are part of the sleeping masses, you are okay with the status quo, Otis is not, that does not make him crazy. You like others on this post need to purchase a dictionary or an education, something which will allow you to express yourself without calling people names.

      Otis is standing up for what he believes in, that does not make him crazy, it makes his strong. You are one who is weak, following blindly behind Tony and his crew of fools.

      And FYI, if standing up for what I believe in makes me crazy, I would rather be that than stupid and a fool and believe what comes out the mayor’s mouth as well as the council.

      (7) 23 Total Votes - 15 up - 8 down
      • barneyfife says:

        hahaha – I knew this would get your BLOOMERS in wad Aunt Bea.

        So is a “leader” someone that screams like a lunatic in a public meeting ?
        I didn’t catch that line in your REDICULOUS “sermon” – I mean opinion.

        I emailed your leader “opinion” to 83 of my employees – after we laughed our heads off at the sheer simplistic points…THE MINDLESS BLA,BLA,BLA and YOUR massive ego – I told them to get back to work.

        The mayor gained ground because this witch hunt is driven by the lonely,bored and senile. Page’s outburst only solidifies my OPINION.

        The election will end…KING TONY will win by a landslide…GOMER WILL GET ABOUT 84 VOTES.

        FYI- THOSE THAT CAN’T DO – TEACH

        .

        (-3) 21 Total Votes - 9 up - 12 down
        • LeAnn says:

          You write this like I give a rat’s ass about what you or your employees think about me……

          FYI—you can’t spell, which makes you more simplistic

          And, if you want ego lessons, you should go to Tony—or look in the mirror—that should suffice.

          Have a great evening…..

          (-1) 11 Total Votes - 5 up - 6 down
        • doglover says:

          How crude are you.
          Walk the business community and see how many of them are still voting for Tony.
          Let’s talk puffed up here. Wow!

          (1) 7 Total Votes - 4 up - 3 down
        • agag1 says:

          Oh Barney, you sound like a real charmer.
          Gave your employees something to read, then told them to get back to work. What a big tough guy! So glad I don’t work for you.
          Your 83 employees may be 83 of the 84 votes you predict Jim Hill will receive on Nov 4.
          They may be treating you the same way the city of AG employees treat Tony. Nice to your face, voting against you in private.

          (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
        • mj.akins says:

          barneyfife…I imagine you have lovingly acquired that name from others. Glad that you are secure with it. In case you didn’t know, those loving friends named you a coward without balls…sorry. People tend to do that. Their compassion may also stream from your lack of spelling, which is kind of harsh nowadays, especially when there is a spell check on just about every electronic thing you can send now, but hey, all those things to notice are “a lot of things!” You emailed 83 people? I doubt one tenth of that percent (1/10) of your colleagues would even value what you would say considering your closedmindedness and arrogance (just like your role model who is about to go out with his tail between his legs). You mentioned lonely, bored, and senile…I can only imagine that’s what your wife (or girlfriend–if you even have one) is screaming to the world nightly! Your tony won’t win, and try not to be offended when he does not. It would be like an exact representation of YOU not getting the vote. Does that make sense, or do you need some better clarification?

          (1) 1 Total Votes - 1 up - 0 down
    • surferdude says:

      FREE OTIS!
      I am on team Otis.
      I know it is hard when a smart guy calls you on the truth.

      Honestly, it would have been easier for Steve and Teresa to just get the DUIs instead of this.

      Why do we not hear from Dana McClish?

      She called at 10, that she was on her way home. She did not leave until almost midnight.
      Now thats love of your family- a 16 hour day!

      (6) 12 Total Votes - 9 up - 3 down
    • falconbh says:

      Civility and Free Speech

      Lets keep our focus on the Election, Informing Citizen Voters, and then Encouraging Others to Vote in our Democratic Process.

      When this Election is over we must all work together to improve our communities.

      Time to step back….take a deep breath….respect others.

      Let’s not forget that Mr. Ferarra , and Mr. Adams, and others, have done some outstanding work for Arroyo Grande for many years. Lately, they have made some real errors in professional judgment, public policy and public relations.

      Maybe it is time to see a Blueprint for the Future:

      Balancing The Budget
      Automatic Water and Sanitation Rate Increases [ We Need Relief]
      How Are We Going To Handle The South County Sanitation District Request For Rate Increases.
      Reductions In Administrative Costs [ 90 % of Budget for Salaries, Pensions , Benefits]
      Public Works and Maintenance
      How Do We Manage Growth with Limited Water.
      Place Sales Tax Extension on the Ballot. [ Times have changed]
      Revisit Five City Fire Authority Merger and Options.

      Vote-Inform-Respect

      (6) 6 Total Votes - 6 up - 0 down
    • toryrand says:

      i personally stood in front of Albertsons in AG today campaigning for Jim Hill, and let me assure the Mayor has not gained ground. The support for Jim Hill and disdain for Tony Ferraro was evident and overwhelming. I made contact with about 200 people, of which approximately 25 said they had already mailed in their ballots with Jim Hill as their choice for Mayor. Many others were supportive and interested in learning more about Jim Hill. There were many comments from non-residents that “you need a new mayor”. So, the effort of the people will pay dividends with respect to removing Tony Ferraro.

      This is a hilarious video that should be seen by all. The power of the people is impressive.

      (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
      • dolphingirl says:

        Tory, Are these also your videos?

        http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrSbmdplzpUHAoAUQlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0NmZxczg0BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDUyMl8x?p=tory+rand+youtube

        What is your issue with the police? You have many postings on Google. Scary

        (-3) 3 Total Votes - 0 up - 3 down
        • toryrand says:

          I am animal rights advocate. did you know that it is estimated that a dog is shot by the police every 98 minutes in the USA? I decided to discuss this with our police chief, and it was well received, as you can see from the video.

          I am a firm believer in the first amendment and holding public officials accountable to the same laws that citizens have to abide by. None of the AGPD take exception with that, and in fact many support the ideas i have. That is why I think AG has one of the better police departments in the state, let alone the county.

          The other two videos show an officer parked in a fire lane on a non-emergency call. Any citizen would have been ticketed and/or towed for the same action. Police are not above the law.

          We are busy fighting double standards, corruption and cronyism in Arroyo Grande. What are you doing?

          Thank you for bringing attention to the issues i care about.

          (-1) 3 Total Votes - 1 up - 2 down
        • toryrand says:

          here is a link to the facebook page for dogs shot by police:

          https://www.facebook.com/DogsShotbyPolice

          here is a link to the facebook page senior dogs sanctuary, which i donate too:

          https://www.facebook.com/OldFriendsSeniorDogSanctuary

          would you like to highlight any other causes I am linked to so they get better visibility?

          (1) 1 Total Votes - 1 up - 0 down
          • LeAnn says:

            I doubt “she ” will join—it is much easier to sit on the sidelines and do nothing, or sit on the sidelines, criticize, and then still do nothing.

            (0) 2 Total Votes - 1 up - 1 down
    • agag1 says:

      The Mayor is a pompous, vindictive, mean spirited man if you cross him. Read the email sent to one of his constituents.
      Sounds like you two may have a lot in common…in fact you very well could be Tony for all we know.

      (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
      • dolphingirl says:

        agag1 if you took the time to read my earlier messages instead of spitting out vitrolic messages, you would have noticed that I said I support a change at the mayors position. I also said he was a pompous a#&. I just can’t support the knee jerk, hair trigger response that assumes anything is better than Tony. Jim Hill is a very questionable alternative.
        Criticism is part of discourse and just because I don’t completely agree with you should not make you start ridiculing the messenger. I’m sure I’m not alone in my thoughts as I’m sure you are not as well. I think we should all stick to facts and calmly let the Democratic process prevail. I believe that Tony has a somewhat narcissistic personality. I support some of his endeavors. I like that he is always working with those who keep the village looking great. I like that he is protective of the historic nature of the village. I like that he supports additional much needed affordable housing. I don’t like the decision on the city hall purchase. I don’t like that he responded about the London’s the way he did. I don’t like that he fought to keep the Food 4 Less out of our city, no matter what the whiney competitors said. I don’t like that he is a Democrat but since my father was one as well, I’ll forgive him on that.
        Last, I can’t imagine that you would ever support Tory Rands perspective on police. He has a history of posting incredulous and insulting comments about police. I like our police. I’m not totally trusting of the POA lawyer and his motives.

        (-4) 4 Total Votes - 0 up - 4 down
        • toryrand says:

          I am animal rights advocate. did you know that it is estimated that a dog is shot by the police every 98 minutes in the USA? I decided to discuss this with our police chief, and it was well received, as you can see from the video.

          I am a firm believer in the first amendment and holding public officials accountable to the same laws that citizens have to abide by. None of the AGPD take exception with that, and in fact many support the ideas i have. That is why I think AG has one of the better police departments in the state, let alone the county.

          The other two videos show an officer parked in a fire lane on a non-emergency call. Any citizen would have been ticketed and/or towed for the same action. Police are not above the law.

          We are busy fighting double standards, corruption and cronyism in Arroyo Grande. What are you doing?

          Thank you for bringing attention to the issues i care about.

          (0) 2 Total Votes - 1 up - 1 down
        • toryrand says:

          here is a link to the facebook page for dogs shot by police:

          https://www.facebook.com/DogsShotbyPolice

          here is a link to the facebook page senior dogs sanctuary, which i donate too:

          https://www.facebook.com/OldFriendsSeniorDogSanctuary

          would you like to highlight any other causes I am linked to so they get better visibility?

          (0) 2 Total Votes - 1 up - 1 down
        • agag1 says:

          Oh gag!

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    • surferdude says:

      Hey Barney
      All we need is your vote!

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  4. LeAnn says:

    Hey, I did some recreational reading last night! Guess what???? Our current mayor, who is the president of the League of California Cities, is part of an organization called ILG—Institute for Local Government. They have an entire group of people devoted to the research and eduation in the area of government ethics….I have read all of their documents and related sites last night……it is a gold mine of information. At the next council meeting the council, the mayor, the city attorney are going to get gifts from me from this site…..I learned so much in one 10 hour period—I don’t think our council even knows the definition of ethics…..

    (12) 18 Total Votes - 15 up - 3 down

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