I finally got around to watching the tape, and was I ever shocked at Carolyn Sylvia’s remarks.
Frankly, she embarrassed herself.
And our community as well.
I’ve enjoyed pleasant conversations with both Sylvias, and worked with them both on various occasions. They do have a good side. Sadly, it did not seem to be on display Monday night.
First, she accused our Mayor of lying in saying that he advised Cypress Councilman Bailey that he was recording him. Based on her assumption that he wouldn’t have left if he was telling the truth. That’s random at best and libelous on it’s face.
So, because Bailey threw a hissy fit about being taped because he didn’t see a recorder that was placed directly in front of him or listen when he was told he was being recorded. The way Ms. Sylvia sees it, the only solution is for our Mayor to resign. Really!
But wait, there’s more.. . . Sylvia then went on to say that Mayor por tem “does not have the background, education or experience” to serve as Mayor so she should be skipped over. Wow, and I thought she was being hard on our Mayor. Talk about elitist.
Frankly, based on Council Member Mejia-Graham’s character, integrity, standing up for what is right, and fighting on alone, I think Mayor pro tem Mejia may be the most qualified to serve as Mayor of any of our current or recent Council Members.
If nothing else, the fact that her colleagues elected her to serve as Mayor pro tem certainly should qualify her. But I guess all that doesn’t matter if you’re the moral queen of the universe.
Ms. Sylvia did allow that Gerri had “been on the Council for four years.” Actually, this is Gerri’s seventh year, but who’s counting. Apparently not Carolyn Sylvia.
Ms. Sylvia’s written diatribe was read after her husband went on at length about how Cypress Councilman Bailey’s embarrassing temper tantrum caused the Race Track owners to cancel the Medical Center’s arrangement for alternative parking. He also noted that he was on the Medical Center’s board. Interesting choice by Tenet, to say the least.
Somehow Mr. Sylvia failed to mention the fact that the Race Track owners had donated tens of thousands of dollars to Mr. Bailey’s last campaign. (See ‘Doug Bailey and the Bardis money” at OC4us.com, where you can actually view the disclosure documents if you click them twice.)
Fortunately the Sylvias were alone in their attack on our Mayor, who calmly explained exactly what went on later in the meeting.
That, combined with the tenor of the despicable hit piece circulated against Mayor Kusumoto, leads me to conclude that Mr. and Mrs. Sylvia were the Los Alamitos residents who “paid for” that deceitful, hateful hit piece. (See “Anti-Kusmoto hit piece hits Los Al”)
The question remains, who gave them the money to “pay for” those expensive hit pieces?
Race Track owner Christo Bardis & family & firms tens of thousands of dollars of funding of Doug Bailey’s campaign certainly leads me to believe he might have something to do with it. Could he be trying to divert the attention from Measure A, or trying to force Kusumoto’s hand on ProLogis, or both.
Incidentally, during oral communications a Cypress resident appeared to applaud our Council for their strong stand against ProLogis and the left turn into the property at Enterprise. He encouraged them to stand firm.
Seem like not everyone in Cypress isn all that mad at us, or our Mayor.
As always, your comments, diplomatically stated, are welcome.