October 11, 2010 in Uncategorized By: Dave Emerson
10/12 update: To see what other blogs are saying bout Mr. Briggeman’s latest escapade, check out Kevin Ferguson’s Taking out the trash in Los Alamitos?
(Los Alamitos, 10/11/10) Well, it looks like “Team Briggeman” was working overtime if not ethically over the weekend.
In case you forgot during Los Alamitos’ last City Council election, there were numerous incidents of signs and flyers for Ken Parker and myself mysteriously disappearing.
Near the end of that election, local volunteers reported a strange confrontation passing out election flyers: They were surprised to see George Briggeman drive up in his Cadillac Escalade.
They apparently were even more surprised when Dean Grose and Briggeman jumped out of the car and told them to stop passing out the flyers. When the volunteers declined to stop, the “Dynamic Duo” started taking pictures of them. Talk about intimidation.
Fast forward 2 years:
Now it’s signs and flyers for “Team Truth” (Kusumoto, Sheridan, & Graham-Mejia) that are disappearing.
One property owner decided to mount a surveillance camera to see who’d been taking them. You’ll never guess who it was.
The video’s only 9 seconds, but well worth watching. To see it on You Tube, click here.
Yup, that’s Mr. George Briggeman taking down a Kusumoto-Sheridan-Mejia campaign sign on someone else’s property.
But wait. . . there’s more!
Apparently Dean Grose wasn’t with Briggeman this time, because he was campaigning in Rossmoor Highlands.
Here’s what a Highlands resident Jody Shloss sent me about that incident:
Character Counts: Message to the residents of Los Alamitos
Supporters of City Council Candidates Gerri Graham-Mejia, Brad Sheridan, and Warren Kusumoto have placed 6 flyers on every doorstep over the past 7 weeks. If you haven’t received all 6 flyers, here’s why…
On Saturday 10/9/2010, in the Highlands I noticed Dean Grose, a candidate for Los Alamitos City Council, walking and knocking on doors on Paseo Bonita. Because of Mr. Grose’s past history and lack of character concerning other candidate’s campaign signs and flyers, I decided to follow and watch him because we were concerned that he would steal the flyers that one of our volunteers had distributed on Paseo Bonita earlier that day.
Grose called the police after about 15 minutes of my watching him. The police came and told me he called because he felt threatened by me, they said he has had some threats in the last few weeks.
I explained to the police that any threats he may have received were certainly not from me, but that because of his past behavior I can understand why he would be getting threats. He is the former Mayor from Los Alamitos who sent an offensive email to an African American woman on his email list which showed a picture of watermelons on the white house lawn. He was very reluctant to do so, but recently resigned his position on the City Council.
In a past election, it was reported to the police that Grose removed a sign from private property and placed it in a trash bin. In another election the police were called because someone saw his wife placing his flyers on door steps and removing other candidate’s flyers. What a couple!
The police spoke to both of us and left. A few minutes later another candidate placed a flyer on the ground with the corner slightly under a doormat at a house Grose would soon be approaching. The candidate waited and videotaped him knocking on the door; after Mr. Grose walked away, the flyer was no longer there!
The candidate continued to film Mr. Grose as he kept walking. We called the police and the same officers returned. After much discussion, and watching of the video tape, the police decided to go back to the house and see if Mr. Grose had hidden the flyer. Sure enough, they found the flyer had been pushed completely under the mat where it would never be seen. Dean Grose had pushed the flyer under the doormat in an effort to hide the truth from the resident.
Couple this with Troy Edgar & Dean Zarkos billboards that had to be removed from private property a few weeks ago, and last weekend’s telemarketing smear campaign against Sheridan & Mejia & supporting Zarkos & Edgar, & it gets easier and easier to decide who to vote for.
Update: Click here for OC Register reporter Roxana Kopetman’s article on the above incidents. You might want to put up a comment there as well as below.
Remember, only you can stop this poisoning of our small town:
“We Get Better with Warren, Gerri, & Brad, but
Dean Zarkos, Dean Grose, & Troy Edgar = DDT that can poison our small town!”
But that’s just my opinion, & I have a limited perspective. Your comments are welcome, as long as they’re expressed diplomatically. If you post anonymously, please use a consistent pen name most of the time.
And don’t forget tonight’s important 7 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting on Tenet Corporations massive 25 year expansion plans for the Los Al Medical Center.