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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Pelican1

Just a small town guy

Livin’ in a corrupt world

He took the write-in campaign everywhere

Just a small town boy

Worked for 30 years in Oceano

He took the midnight train goin’ to Arroyo


He got tired of a mayor in a smoky room

A smell of wine and cheap perfume

While Steve and Teresa shared the night

Payin’ anything to roll the dice

Just one more time

Some will win, some will lose

Some were born to sing the blues

Oh, the corruption never ends

It goes on and on, and on, and on


[Chorus]


Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to the feelin’

Arroyo people


Don’t stop believin’

Hold on

Arroyo people


Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to the feelin’

Arroyo, people


Pelican1

Show Steve the way to go home

He’s tired and he want to go to city hall

He had a little drink about an hour ago

And Teresa has given him the call

Where ever he may roam

On land or sea or foam

You will always hear him singing this song

Show me the way to go home


Toadstomper

This is just so classic Tony. The man is defined by anger. He seems to have no clue that his own behavior has something to do with how others perceive him.


agag1

Too bad Tony is missing the meeting tonight.

I’m sure the reporter who’s coming from the LA Times would love to get a quote.


Pelican1

Well, he can’t be a man and a coward at the same time.


doglover

Where is the party tonight?


Looking forward to seeing our police officers at the meeting.


kayaknut

At least we will get to look him the face on the 25th, unless he cancels that council meeting or chickens out again. It does seems he prefers others to do his bidding, in print or in the form of inspectors at local businesses prior to the election, so I will not be surprised if he cancels the meeting or calls in sick.


MaryMalone

He may hide behind Jim Guthrie’s skirts and have Guthrie finish out Ferrara’s term as Mayor ProTem.


ajdury

Of the three choices Tony could have picked for his presence and involvement this evening he chose TEXAS???


Are you kidding me?


He has chosen not to attend tonight’s city council meeting – the absolute main job as a city council member?


He has chosen not to attend tonight’s regularly scheduled Sanitation District meeting – the second most important duty, as our city representative on that board?


He instead chooses to travel to another state as the president of a group that he is not mandated to be a member of yet the taxpayers fund his out-of-pocket expenses for. A group he has to step down as leader of in just a few short weeks???


That’s your fearless leader, Kristen, Joe, Tim and Jim.


Take notice before it’s too late. We are done with this behavior and dismissive attitude from our elected and appointed *leaders*. Our house is getting cleaned. Are you the dustpan or the dirt?


IronHub

Are you the bug? Or the windshield?


Pelican1

SPLAT!


agag1

Nailed it AJ…nailed it!


Hope you’re at the meeting tonight.

Our council members must know we expect them to do the right thing.

No more bowing down to Ferrara, no more cowering behind the bully.

The time has come to step up and do what they were elected (in most cases) to do.

Make the tough call, DO YOUR JOB!

Hopefully Tony not being there will make it a little easier for them to find THEIR voice.


It is time to throw the windows wide open and let a little fresh air into the room.


ajdury

“Hope you’re at the meeting tonight.”


I’ll be there, but I missed the secret handshake invitation to the meeting at Red Dirt, apparently.


MaryMalone

Apparently I missed it, too, and I am a Red Dirt regular.


Pelican1

A toast to consider…..

“Out with the old

In with the new

Cheers to the future

And All that we do”


Pelican1

Or perhaps this would be more appropriate….

“Here’s to those who wish us well

And those that don’t can go to hell.”


Pelican1

TOP 10 REASONS WHY TONY LOST THE ELECTION

10. His overwhelming sense of entitlement

9. His misunderstanding of the word INTEGRITY

8. His lack of “Fringe”

7. His friendship with Jeremy Irons

6. Allowing city hall to be used as a flop house

5. So he could have a Pity Party and invite ALL his friends

4. July 3rd

3. Removing chairs from council chambers

2. Your campaign signs were NOT neon yellow.

AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON TONY LOST THE ELECTION…

1. Jim Hill


kayaknut

You left out another reason he lost the election ” X. Tony Ferrara”, not sure which number it should be but it should be on the list


retiredpoliceofficer

Don’t forget having the Sheriff at the council meetings to intimate speakers by his presence.


Dave

No, I think it’s fair to say that the Number One reason why Tony Ferrara lost the election was…Tony Ferrara.


pasoparent5

^^ Yep. Dave’s right.


Just like Nixon’s cover-up, Tony’s cover-up was worse than the actual “crime.”


Once Tony threw the AG cops under the bus, he was pretty much toast.


agag1

Agreed! Hope you’re feeling better Dave.

I hear Dan is going to have a couple of the crazy cat herding ladies from the campaign on Friday’s show! Can’t wait!


Pelican1

Ok, Ok…..

THE TOP 10 REASONS WHY JIM HILL WON THE ELECTION

10. Integrity

9. Professionalism

8. A calibrated moral compass

7. Honesty

6. He’s trustworthy

5. Thankful

4. Respectful

3. Knowledgeable

2. Capable

AND THE NUMBER 1 REASON WHY JIM Hill WON THE ELECTION….

1. Tony Ferrara


willnose

Jim Hill, in his duties as a responsible engineer at Diablo Canyon, performed Outage-related work during the last 4-5 weeks. This is besides his regular job duties, hardly a time to be campaigning. Anyone in the slightest aware of the demanding tasks performed during Diablo Outages would concur!


After putting in 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week for as many as 19 days straight, Jim was smart enough to trust his campaign volunteer to do his campaigning for him. They rose to the challenge exemplary, and against all odds. A grass-root effort at it best!


Jim Hill knows his limit, keep his responsibilities, and priorities, straight, and when to back off. ….there is a lesson to be learned!


oneofadozen

Tony, I’m curious. Why was Mr. Hills campaign unethical and vicious? Because you lost? Seemed pretty by the book to me.


doglover

Because we laughed?


Because every time you Mr. Mayor opened your mouth, you gave us votes?


Because you said and write nasty things about our friend Dave?


Because NO ONE believed the tea story or tree gate?


Because Pelican wrote some mighty fine tunes?


Because we did not have to convince ANYONE to vote against you?


You are right Tony, it was way too easy.

We just gave Arroyo Grande the option they craved!

(ANYBODY but YOU!)