A bitter Ferrara lashes out at Hill

November 19, 2014
Mayor Tony Ferrara

Mayor Tony Ferrara

By DANIEL BLACKBURN

Outgoing Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara is not going quietly into the night — he leveled a nasty and personal attack at write-in victor Jim Hill in comments to the Santa Maria Times Tuesday.

“Mr. Hill did not have the courage to face me in a head-to-head race. Instead, he hid behind an unethical and vicious write-in campaign,” Ferrara told a reporter. He then departed for a Texas conference.

Ferrara is accused by many residents of engineering a cover-up of a July 3 City Hall incident involving City Manager Steve Adams and a subordinate employee, Teresa McClish to avoid competition for the seat he has occupied for 10 years. He was running unopposed until news of the Adams affair was first reported by CalCoastNews in August.

Ferrara did not mince words when it came to describing his electoral conqueror.

“It is consistent with his established pattern of behavior,” Ferrara said of Hill. “I have served the citizens of AG for 18 years. I am very proud of our staff and the collective accomplishments of our council. It saddens me to see this happening to our community.”

Adams’ future will be discussed for the fourth time tonight in closed session at the Arroyo Grande City Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Results of an “independent” investigation into the incident will be unveiled at the meeting, also.


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diamond

I knew Tony would handle defeat with class and integrity…. What else would you expect from Tony? He’s like a 4 year old having a tantrum at the grocery store when his mommy wont buy him candy. It only helps to spotlight his continuing lack of character and makes it easier to bid farewell to his arrogant dictatorship. Buh Bye Tony, Bet he downed lots of those little bottles on the plane.


agag1

Unbelievable!


The League of Cities should be sending AG voters a thank you note any day now.


aft50s

No wonder Christine dumped his ass, he always has to have the last word.


Pack your crap and hit the road Tony, you are no longer wanted or needed ’round these parts.


sharshofar

I agree that it was time for a change in Arroyo Grande City Council and Major but digging into Tony’s personal life with his former wife is a indicator of Your lack of character.

Let’s keep this as civil as we would want for ourselves Please!


MaryMalone

IMO, hen a politician’s personal life reflects his public life, the personal life is germane to the discussion because it demonstrates a pattern of behavior that is not isolated to the person’s public life.


MaryMalone

Sheesh…”hen” should be “when.”


agag1

I have two words for you if you don’t think someone’s personal life is relevant:

Ed Arnold


Jorge Estrada

If the Texas trip is funded by the tax payers, why is he going?


Julie

The trip is funded by the League of Cities; that would be all cities in the state who pay their dues to the league and other State funds (all from taxpayers).


agag1

If this is his statement to the SMTimes, imagine what he’s saying to the League.


retiredpoliceofficer

If the trip is probably a miss use of public funds but hard to prove.


laftch

And the beat goes on.


MaryMalone

I think it is more like “the deadbeat goes on.”


abigchocoholic

Outgoing Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara is not going quietly into the night — he leveled a nasty and personal attack at write-in victor Jim Hill in comments to the Santa Maria Times Tuesday.

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Pathetic, sore loser.


Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.


MandJ

Vicious? Mr. Ferarra calls the write-in campaign vicious. What, is the truth vicious?


Head to head campaign, Mr. Hill published several opinion pieces and allowed himself to be interviewed. Where was Ferrara?


agag1

Hiding in City Hall with Adams and Carmel.

All three have much to lose as a result of the election.

The empire is falling.


doglover

“I’m melting. I’m melting!”

Shrieked the wicked witch of the west.


StakeHolder

“unethical and vicious write-in campaign?” Now, who is calling whom vicious?


I read the response he wrote to the 2 citizens who sent an email with their request for the independent investigation early on. Not only did he respond in a pretty nasty tone, and spewing vicious words about CCN, how ethical was it to then tell the other council members’ to not respond, and to say that their opinion was CRAP?


Tony can dish it out, but apparently can’t take it. Nothing unethical about how this campaign played out: that, my friends is called the democratic process.


Rich in MB

Is anyone really surprised that he would lash out and attach the voice of the voters.

He can call it a small angry group, but the only thing looking small now is the FORMER MAYOR!


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