For the Friendly City by the Sea, the past year is best described as being turbulent. Change is not always easy or orderly, and for those vested to the past, it can be mighty uncomfortable. Yet change is precisely what the voters demanded in the last General Election. This was evidenced in the unseating of two incumbent members of what Councilmember Sylvia Munoz Schnopp has characterized as being a “well-oiled machine.” Councilmember Jon Sharkey, Mayor at the time, was able to retain his seat only because there wasn’t another candidate on the ballot to replace him.
The "Old Guard" Response
Instead of self-reflection and forward thinking, the incumbents that survived the November 2014 General Election (Breeze, Sharkey and Schnopp), with complicity and support by the current City Attorney (Mark Hensley) and former City Manager (Cynthia Haas) have pursued a well-orchestrated agenda to discredit and marginalize the newly elected members (Tom Figg and Jim Hensley). The "Old Guard" justify these actions through a destructive campaign of character assignations. These are cowardly attacks and unworthy of elected officials whose ethical conduct is paramount.
The Factual Findings
The newspress and general public have called for factual evidence that supports the host of unsubstantiated allegations that have been made. Now that the California BAR Association, Ventura County District Attorney and Fair Political Practices Commission have completed their research, the facts can be made know. Until now, that information has not be shared so as not to comprise the fact finding process that serves the public as well as those who have been wrongfully accused.