“SHUT UP! SHUT UP!” REVISITED
Rumor has it that ex-City Council Member/Mayor “I jus wanna say ”Antonio Rivas may be considering running for County Supervisor when Ellen Pierre retires. It seems that he is calling around fishing for information and support. Was George Ow Lobbyist Elias Alonzo stood up by Rivas at the Green Valley Grill last week? Heard that Alonzo ended up at the bar waiting for Rivas. Wonder who paid for that bar bill? George Ow?
Some of you may remember “El Senor Rivas” (as he addressed himself in his cell phone answering message as a council member) resorted to name calling; he called me a “Coward” when I wouldn’t entertain city staff chastising me because I questioned their compensation. And, some of you may recall when he screamed “Shut up….Shut up!” to constituents during a city council meeting who were displeased with fluoridation. Not only has ex-Mayor Antonio Rivas resorted to unprofessional and conduct unbecoming, he may have firsthand knowledge of what really constitutes a “Coward”.
Back when I was first elected, “El Senor Rivas” called me asking to meet with me. He wanted to be Mayor again and said that if I voted for him, in return, he would vote City Council Member Dale Skillicorn for Mayor Pro-Tem. Wonder how many council members he called? Did he violate the Brown Act?
But, newly elected City Council Member Luis Alejo also had an eye on the Mayor’s seat because as we now know, he was planning to run for Assembly. After being elected Mayor and rambling on for what seemed eternity, Rivas was going to cowardly renege on the deal and vote Alejo as Mayor Pro Tem. But, City Council Member Kimberly Petersen decided it was time to “cross the isle” and voted Skillicorn for Mayor Pro-Tem and Rivas had little choice but to follow along. After that city council meeting Ms. Petersen received calls at her home from upset Alejo supporters, one of which may have been from now Mayor Daniel Dodge, chastising her for voting for Skillicorn. The incident may have been one of the reasons she decided not to run again.
Senor Rivas may have given us the impression that he is unprofessional, lacks fortitude, and has a tendency to ramble on for what seems hours- on-end without making any sense on subjects of which he has little understanding.
For example, after a 20 plus minute presentation to the City Council on how to prevent invasive Zebra Mussels from infiltrating Pinto Lake, El Senor Rivas asked how the mussels got into the lake. Ok, I will admit, I inhaled back in the day. But, with that said, I almost asked El Senor Rivas “what the hell have you been smoking?”
Antonio Rivas once said that I didn’t care about the community after I sued the city for allowing Luis Alejo to vote for his replacement on the city council. But, Rivas was a major proponent attempting to build housing near the airport which resulted costing the city over a million dollars in legal fees. Do you trust El Senor Rivas to do the math for you? We already know that City Manger Palacios may have trouble with math….we paid $225,000.00 for a fire truck 3 years ago that we were told was in “excellent condition” but was documented as only being worth $20,000 by its owner(?) And, come to find out, the “excellent condition” fire truck is still not in operation and may not be operational until 2012 because of the needed “refurbishments”. Jeez, shouldn’t Webster have a bone to pick with Watsonville’s definition of what constitutes “excellent condition”?
But, at the very least, El Senor Rivas is willing to put his hat in the wringer, pun intended.
SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY AND YOU KNOW IT’S NOT THE WATSONVILLE FISHING REPORT!