Oceano board members defend the use of the word bitch during meetings

May 20, 2020

Mary Lucey


Two members of the Oceano Advisory Council sent emails defending their use of the word “bitch” after the name-calling ended up in the minutes from their Feb. 20 board meeting.

Three of the six members in attendance — Mary Lucey, Linda Austin and Karen White — voiced concerns that they were sent an email link to the agenda and documents that did not work. Lucey said she wanted someone to print out the documents and deliver the packet to her. White and Austin wanted the packets sent to their personnel emails, and not their public emails.

Advisory committee Chair Cynthia Replogle then started a fire storm when she argued the packages should be sent to their official emails.

“Mary Lucey, Linda Austin, and Karen White accused Cynthia Replogle of not sending them documents due to personal reasons,” according to the draft meeting minutes. “Mary Lucey called Cynthia Replogle a bitch.”

After reviewing the minutes, Lucey sent an email to the council, admitting that she called Replogle a bitch, but asking that her reasons be added to the minutes.

“The gavel hit the table so loud, sharp and extremely high pitched it caused physical damage to my eardrum,” Lucey wrote. “My drum was bruised. I had to protect it with cotton to muffle any noise for a week for the eardrum to heal. The chair at the time had full control of the body and didn’t like the discussion occurring regarding email addresses that each member used for communications. regarding the notices, emailed to the members address they has submitted. Ms. Repugle [sic] want to use the email addresses she had choosing for each member.”

In Lucey’s defense, Austin also sent the advisory committee an email noting that she too called Replogle a bitch.

“Mary Lucey’s use of the word bitch was not appropriate but understandable if you were present to what was going on in the meeting regarding Ms. Replogles behavior,” Austin wrote. “My ears rang for awhile after Ms Replogles slamming of the gavel and in fact before the meeting when I was questioning her about not using my email she slammed gavel down, gave me a sick grin and I too used the same word as I was shocked at her behavior.”

Before the meeting began, Austin walked behind Replogle and called her a bitch. As for the alleged damaged eardrum, Replogle said that Lucey was not sitting next to her, and that she did not hit the gavel that hard.

On Thursday, the advisory council will meet to approve the minutes, in a Zoom meeting, which means there will be a recording.

“I’ve been surprised and dismayed at the lack of civility displayed by some other council members,” Replogle said. “We adopted Rules of Decorum last year, and those rules – as well as other members – need to be respected. I hope that going forward, we can uphold principles of politeness and professionalism to have more productive meetings.”

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My head is aching trying to read the quotes from the incoherent duo. Grammar, spelling, nonsensical justifications for their inexcusable behavior. I’ve been in Replogle’s shoes, the victim of both of these “community representative’s” verbal vomit. I’ll admit, after 11 years of it I’ve dished some right back.

Witnesses say Replogle gaveled Lucey because she called her a bitch. If that’s the case, I don’t understand Lucey’s, so called, after-the-fact reasoning for the outburst.

Wouldn’t it be simpler to apologize and ask that the minutes reflect an apology? Oh but, that’s only if you’re sorry. If you aren’t, simply say nothing about it and move on. All this hullabaloo to attempt to explain it just make it worse.

The bottom line for Oceano is the status quo board members are closed minded to new or different ideas. Replogle is a threat to they’re same ‘ol “this is how we’ve always done it” ways.


FYI – there is nothing in any medical literature related to a “bruised ear drum.” Sounds like a self-misdiagnosis.


FYFI – Maybe look a little farther next time in that literature? American Public Health Assn, NIH, etc.

Not to defend her remark, but sharp unanticipated noise transients of steep rise time curve (such as gavel bangs, gunshots, kinetic impact tools, straight-pipe motor vehicles) CAN reach an SPL that causes temporary loss of hearing which patient presents in non-medical terminology such as a “bruise”. And since sound SPL decays with the square of distance, sitting close to a gavel block could qualify.


C’mon LameCommenter, it was a gavel hitting a table. They need to just let the county intervene and gobble up Oceano. The current board reflects so many others. There’s really no one qualified in that area to run it.


This is just an example of the maturity, intelligence and mentality of the Oceano electorate that put these politicians in office. The reflection is not good for your community. Do something about it.


It sounds like these folks lack real public leadership skillsets…had enough of this? Seriously, how utterly stupid. Just embarrassing.


Using that word during a public meeting/hearing is NEVER understandable.


Is there ANYTHING that DOESN’T offend, hurt, cause trauma, torment, pain, suffering, etc…etc., to Mary Lucey?!

What an absolute train wreck she has been for that district. Why do they keep voting her in?


Any time Mary Lucey turns up it’s guaranteed to be a sh*t show. The inmates are running the asylum.

Lord help the people of Oceano.


Just like Adam Hill, those three witches can dish it out, and boy do they, but they sure can’t take it!!!


Mary Lucey, Linda Austin and Karen White

These three need to go.

They have all caused so many problems for Oceano. There must be a better choice for our representatives then these three clowns.