All: I read The Tattler and all the comments yesterday and I wanted to make clear my views regarding the upcoming Mayoral selection. It is true, that at the Team Building meeting on Friday, the 5 members of City Council had an opportunity to talk candidly with one another and establish a plan for moving the city forward, past the last election and toward a Unified Arcadia.
At this meeting on Friday, Mayor Pro Tem Tay admitted that the statement in his campaign mailer was not truthful and that he would publicly state this at Tuesday’s meeting, and apologized for the negative light that he cast against his colleagues.
This course of action was adopted in an effort to help the council accept one another and show the residents of the city that it is possible to forgive and move on in the best interest of the greater good of the city.
I recognize how hard this will be for Mayor Pro Tem Tay, and I hope those that were offended by his conduct recognize that as well. I am not going to ask people not to come to a City Council meeting and speak their mind or express their feelings, concerns or opinions.
However, I do ask that speakers at Tuesday night’s council meeting be respectful of both sides of the fence. I would encourage those that have ill feelings towards Mayor Pro Tem Tay to look at this from his point of view and understand how difficult it is for a person to admit wrongdoing.
All 5 of us on Council have always agreed and voted 5-0 in support of plans, ordinances or budget requests from the Police Chief. All 5 of us were quite concerned and frustrated with the increase in residential burglaries last year. All 5 of us equally put pressure on our Police Chief to take action and formulate a plan to reduce crime in Arcadia. All 5 of us were congratulatory of our police department and their efforts to reduce crime.
The lesson from this is that if you campaign on a platform of untruthful statements, you will be held accountable.
That being said, this is a time for everyone to take the high road. See the bigger picture. Extend an olive branch and make peace with those you don’t agree with.