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Monday, April 26, 2010

Michael McCue Speaks to Mayor Sam

From an inquiry I sent to Michael McCue;

I appreciate the opportunity and I am grateful for your interest in the SCNC and the NC movement overall.

Sorry, but...I cannot mention my re-election without mentioning the recent "lynching" because they are intrinsically interconnected and cannot be separated. We are dealing with attempts at election tampering here and that is very serious.

First, let me be clear about the "lynching."

It was an illegal vote that could only have been made possible by willful violations committed by the SCNC President, and Board members who have refused to educate themselves in regards to the Brown Act, our Ethics Training, SCNC By-Laws, and even Operating Procedures themselves, not to mention the travesty that was made of Roberts Rules of Order by Ben Neumann, who seemed to know nothing about them.

There were as many procedural violations at that meeting as there are Starbucks Coffee Shops in the Valley!

It is already crystal clear that the president violated the Brown Act in his communications with the Board members just prior to the vote and that he does not understand the By-Laws requirement for "reasonable detail" in the petition itself.

Neumann agendized a petition that wasn't worthy. The petition itself contained not one specific example of wrongdoing but rather generalized complaints that basically said that the Board didn't like it when I reported Ethics violations to them or to the stakeholders, or when I made the stakeholders aware of their specific rights.

This is provable for anyone who wishes to see the evidence.

Any NC leader who attended (and there were several from all over the city, in support of the stakeholders' rights) or who saw the video of the meeting itself, has already adopted it as the 'poster child' of exactly how NOT TO RUN an NC meeting.

Second, I know that the City Attorney is looking into this highly questionable behavior and will be discussing it immediately. I fully expect the City Attorney and BONC to issue a directive that immediately rescinds the vote-to-remove and revokes the outcome automatically, based on the multiple rights violations and Brown Act violations that took place before and during the whole procedure.

I expect that decision from the City Attorney within 48 hours along with an apology from the board Members in question who attempted to smear my honorable reputation with no evidence other than the fact that they dislike what I say when I speak Truth to Power, or catch them trying to fool the stakeholders.

This issue involves the Key Values of Grassroots Democracy, Accountability, Welcoming Diversity, Decentralization of Power and Future Focus. I repeatedly warned the SCNC Board that their actions would bring ill-repute not only to our Board, but to the NC movement overall, and at a critical time when the mayor is seeking any excuse to remove our funding and impede our growing influence. We can't afford that.

But--They wouldn’t listen to me and moved ahead with all sorts of foolishness anyway.

The SCNC Board members seem to believe that when an SCNC officer uses city-owned resources to make a private, partisan fundraising appeal such as VP or "Acting President," John Walker did on behalf of Paul Krekorian, and hacks into our city-owned SCNC email list to do so, that no ethics violation has taken place and that it is not worthy of reporting to the stakeholders, even when they have already been complaining to us about improper emails for months.

The SCNC Board is dead wrong.

That is a violation of State Law and the stakeholders do want to know, because with our votes, we are giving these Board members our trust – trust that they will use their power to do the right thing. If they haven't lived up to that expectation, the stakeholders have a right to know it, and know it now. The election is in a few weeks.

Is it not vital that we know who is worthy of our trust and who isn't, before we cast our votes on May 27th? I think it is and I am certainly not alone.

And when SCNC officers, who hold the most trust of all, are that wrong about something that basic in terms of ethics training, it forces one to wonder about their ability to do the job properly without using our NC or its resources, for their own private goals that have nothing to do with the stakeholders’ best interests at all.

I do not believe that the Krekorian campaign itself had anything to do with this ethics violation. I believe that it was self-motivated to incur favor or influence with Paul...and without his knowledge. I did bring this violation to his attention quite a while ago and I've discussed it with his staff.

I am running for re-election on the SCNC Board because the stakeholders desperately need at least one Board member who is not part of a private club, and who knows the rules.

Studio City really needs that one Board member who is brave enough and has the testicular fortitude to report ethics violations to the proper authorities when they occur. Especially now.

We must have honest representation for Studio City that is not self-centered or using our resources to enrich individuals' own private political goals, or to tamper with an election outcome.

When stakeholders claim that a "special agenda" is being run past them without proper notice or the chance to comment, or without even a written motion available, it is right and just for them to file a grievance with DONE, as our stakeholders have done.

The vicious pettiness of the “lynching” was really a direct response to that stakeholder action mistakenly attributed to me, and a blatant attempt to thwart the stakeholders’ will. It seemed beyond their grasp that anyone else in Studio City would care as much about ethics as I do and so assumed that I was behind the filed grievnce. I wasn't. It was a false accusation from someone who offered her speculations as real evidence, but with no proof...another violation of my rights!

The "lynching" was a cynical and prejudiced action that attempts a complete denial of the stakeholders' rights to be represented by whom they choose...and their right to not be represented by the members of "private club" who would rather get rid of an honest whistle blower than face the Truth of their own actions.

I remind your readers that I still hold the SCNC all-time record as highest vote-getter ever in any SCNC election. My mandate is larger than anyone currently serving or who has served on the Board. How dare they attempt to remove that mandate from the stakeholders and break all the rules to do so! What would you call that?

That stakeholder mandate empowered me as their representative and I will uphold and defend the Law. I have proven again and again that I will not let the stakeholders down.

I take my oath of office seriously, which is exactly the reason why I will be re-elected.

The stakeholders know they can trust me and that I will always fight for everyone's right to be heard! I've been tested in battle as no other board member on the SCNC, and I have passed the test.

The SCNC is currently being treated like a private club. It is not.

It is an assembled body of elected officials sent there by the voters to get the job done.

The stakeholders do not want to see the rules violated, nor the Law broken. That is why the voice who speaks "Truth to Power" will win re-election, only this time, other new candidates who have been motivated by these past corruptions, will win new seats, too, and will join me in the work of reform that is so desperately needed on our Board.

My act of standing up to these petty bullies has rallied the stakeholders in our community and energized our election, which is a great outcome of this truly disturbing affair.

The stakeholders want a change and they want honest representatives--not self-interested reps, who do not even know the rules or ethics that they are required by law to obey.

The stakeholders are willing to do the hard work that it takes to make our neighborhood council a successful expression of true grassroots democracy for our community, one that is truly willing to hear all of the opinions from the community, and find consensus for all in the Studio City community.

One thing we are all grateful for...had this illegal vote not happened, our election in May would not have been energized the way it is now and that will make our election truly exciting!

My best to your readers and thank you for asking the question.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Slow weekend, Joe?

Christ, talk about being disproportionate, you wrote more about this man, who noone knows, than you did about IMMIGRATION!

April 26, 2010 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Lydia said:

There were better ways to have handled the problems. My personal
opinion is that the voters should decide, not fellow Board Members.
Since the election was only a few weeks away, I consider the behavior of the Board, very inappropriate. I would like to say that the responsiblity, does lie with D.O.N.E. for their lack of interest in really listening to the Neighborhood Councils and addressing the issues.
What has D.O.N.E. done?

April 26, 2010 11:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is it me, or does anyone else resent Red Spot bottlecapping the interesting posts on this blog?

He does it to Higby regularly, and not to Joe B.

April 26, 2010 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:04 PM I resent it too. He does it because he always needs to be the center of attention.

April 26, 2010 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is more boring than Catalina.

April 26, 2010 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Antonio said:

I used to date Catalina, and she was never boring ...

April 26, 2010 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It should only take me a few hours to get all the way through this novel of a post.

April 26, 2010 4:30 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

No one ever accused Michael McCue of
being short winded!

April 26, 2010 7:35 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

I guess the Mayor's 2% cutback in spin has not gone into affect yet.

April 26, 2010 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael, You did not deserve the treatment you received from the SCNC board and I appreciate your statement here on this blog today.

April 26, 2010 11:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have dealt with Lisa Sarkin and I can say after dealing with her is that she is one of the most vindictive persons I have ever met. She thinks that she knows better than anyone else and will trample others rights to push her point of view.

April 27, 2010 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't help but think this whole affair against Michael McCue is politically motivated by those members of the Studio City Neighborhood Council Board who want to control public opinion without representing the vast majority of their constituents. I felt the meeting on 4/21 was conducted like Michael was getting voted out of an exclusive club, not Studio City's local governing body. The election one month away - come on now...

The SCNC Board is not a country club - everyone is included.

April 27, 2010 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Instead of splitting hairs about parliamentary violations McCue should get the overall message and stop being so god damn annoying.

April 27, 2010 9:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sarkin & Nueman are toast. Toss out the tyrants and bring in some real representatives! Vote Michael McCue!

April 27, 2010 10:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think its important for board members to be respectful in meetings and between each other. Mr. McCue interrupted the chair repeatedly, kept on talking even though he did not have the floor to do so. It is important for a board to address board conduct so it can move forward in its work for the community. Its important for board members to not distract so as to draw attention to themselves as know it alls.

Its bad timing to have held this so close to the upcoming NC election but its over now and time to move on.

April 29, 2010 12:29 AM  

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