How else would have someone who has lived in their community for just a short period of time have been selected over 15 people who had lived most of their lives there? Some with deep records of community service? There does seem to be a pattern to all of this. After all, it happened in Sierra Madre as well.
Here is what the blog Encinitas Undercover posted last night (link).
Joe Mosca is in Encinitas for a reason. Initially it has got to be development. If he can beat down local opposition to whatever it is the local building industry wants to put in there, he will have the financial and political establishment backing necessary to move on to Sacramento. Something that has been on Joe's mind for at least a decade, and would have happened here had the Los Angeles County Holden/Hahn political machine not found him lacking and kicked him to the curb.
Not winning the Measure V battle set Joe Mosca's political ambitions back a long time.
Earlier this morning the following was posted on this site by an Encinitas resident and local political commentator who is trying to make some sense of it all.
Hi up there in Sierra Madre. This is Lorri Greene. I have been a resident of Encinitas for 35 years. I am also the moderator of a Facebook group called Encinitas Votes. Our city council had a City Council vacancy to be filled, for reasons too complicated to go in to at this point. The 4 city council members decided to appoint the 5th person, rather than to have an election, which they said would cost too much, and it probably would have.
So tonight, Jan. 11, 2017, 16 people stood before the City Council giving them the reasons why they would be the best fit for the fifth position. One of the candidates had been a judge and actually ran in the November election. He lost, but did get 11,000 votes. Our city's population is about 62,000. His name is Tony Brandenburg. I would have thought, since he ran, had skin in the game, so to speak, that he would be appointed. That didn't happen.
Another man, Bruce Ehlers has lived here a very long time, and at one time was on our Planning Commission. He is an activist and helped us get enough signatures for two different measures that got passed by the citizens. The Council was not happy with this at all, so I assuming that is why they did not vote for him. He has lived here about 30 years. There were some awesome candidates that also spoke. Most of them had lived here a lot longer than Mosca and had great credentials.
However, at the end of the discussion, our Mayor made a motion to support Mosca, and got a second from our newest Council member who will probably vote the way the Mayor wants. Many of us saw the videos that Encinitas Undercover put on their site, and they also posted it on Encinitas Votes. It appeared to me as I looked at the videos that this man may have difficulty getting along with others who disagree with him. Would that be an accurate assessment?
I would truly appreciate any verifiable information on Mr. Mosca if you have any. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you want to to go to Encinitas Votes FB group you can post it yourself. Either way, what we are trying to figure out is how he did it. With 16 qualified applicants it doesn't make any logical sense as to why they, with the exception of one council member, chose him over the other well qualified applicants, all with good credentials, and all having lived here a long time, it makes no sense to me. Any ideas from your neck of the woods how he pulled this off? Thanks for any information.
You can link to Lorri Greene's Encinitas Votes page by clicking here.
From a thoroughly selfish perspective, there is a silver lining to all of this. I now have a new city to add to my list of places to cover. The Tattler will now report from time to time on how things are going in Encinitas. I am sure things there are about to get very interesting.