|Big boys do cry.|
Thanks to a Public Records Act request filed on behalf of that portion of Arcadia concerning itself with integrity in government (rather than enabling cash only McMansion sales, GemCoins and the opinions of Realtor combines), what we can see here is a full throttle City Hall attempt to silence a Pasadena Star News reporter. One that had the temerity to write about a dicey development scheme in a way that Mr. Lazzaretto would have preferred not see in print.
A project that, should it ever go forward, would contribute additional property taxes and development impact fees into a General Fund administered by, yes, you got it, Dominic Lazzaretto. It's a small world, isn't it?
We're posting here today a highly indignant email sent by City Manager Lazzaretto to a senior figure at the Los Angeles News Group, which oversees the Pasadena Star News. The target of Lazzaretto's ire is Courtney Tompkins, the author of the following article. Her crime? Apparently being seen talking to members of Save The Arcadia Highlands, and then publishing what Lazzaretto feels are its points of view.
Apparently Save The Arcadia Highlands is an organization Lazzaretto views as an enemy, and must not be allowed any press coverage without consulting with him first.
First Courtney Tompkin's Star News article, then Mr. Lazzaretto's many complaints.
Here is City Manager Lazzaretto's email to Ron Hasse of the Los Angeles News Group:
Granted, perhaps Ms. Tompkins should have made inquiries about the whereabouts of Tim Schwehr, an Arcadia city employee who apparently prefers not to update his telephone voicemail when he goes on vacation. Something most think of as a professional necessity.
However, since this article has a lot more to do with a situation involving the conflict between a private resident and a developer, rather than whatever was going on with staff at Arcadia City Hall that week, why would Courtney have been required to talk with everyone working there? Would their opinions have really been all that relevant to her article?
After all, there is only so much space in a newspaper. You can't bring everyone into the mix that wants to be there.
And where exactly did Tompkins suggest that Arcadia's City Staff was complicit in a bribery scheme? I didn't read any of that in her article, did you? In his email Lazzaretto appears to be guilty of the very wrongs he accuses Tompkins of committing.
Perhaps Mr. Lazzaretto sees himself and his employees as being at the center of all that goes on in Arcadia, and that their opinions must be consulted no matter what the topic. But was that really the case in this instance? Though certain past City Hall decisions do serve as background to this story, I don't see why everybody there is automatically owed their own personal soapbox.
That is, unless Dominic Lazzaretto sees himself as somehow representing the interests of those accused in this article of allegedly using a form of bribery to gain a questionable development end.
In which case yes, there is a City Hall problem, and Ms. Tompkins might want to look into it.
Is Dominic Lazzaretto the Arcadia Tattler?
So here is something. There were several comments attached to the Tompkins article on the Pasadena Star News website (link). Including this one from the "Arcadia Tattler."
Notice any similarities between what City Manager Lazzaretto complains about in his email to Ron Hasse and the gripes of the Arcadia Tattler? Especially that bit about the alleged bribe, along with Tim "No Current Voicemail" Schwer?
It does make you wonder.