Friday, September 21, 2012

Open Letter from Mark Goodley

context:  Bike Safety Meeting, Newport Beach, 17 September 2012
Good Morning;

As you know, following the fatalities of two cyclists this past week, there was an emergency Bicycle safety meeting Monday night. (The author was also injured in a collision with a motorist - ed.)

In front of a hurting, mourning, shocked, and angry crowd representing friends of the family's, co-workers, neighbors, and residents of Newport Beach,   our "Mayor" stood up, addressed the hundreds gathered, and then specifically  BLAMED "the budget" (which SHE signs and is responsible BTW)  for the deaths of the two women this past weekend...  Pouring gasoline on the fire with this cowardly act,  not only was grossly insensitive, it was callous and absolutely inexcusable behaviour.

Not yet 48 hours after the meeting...

I received this (please see attachment) in the mail... The City Manager's annual report.  It seems that our city had a net surplus of $ 7,800,000.. That's 7.8 MILLION DOLLARS AND net surplus; and a net surplus for  the YEAR BEFORE of $ 11,900,000.  (ALMOST TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS SURPLUS).

I'm SURE that the families and friends of the two killed cyclists will be VERY please to know that our Mayor does not feel their lives were worthy of her consideration, even though the cities coffers are over flowing.  Imagine for a moment if it were your wife, parent, or child that was killed.  How would you feel?

But yet, our Mayor HID behind her OWN budget.

I suppose she is blinded by swimming in all the green bills, but to cowardly blame a budget, that she is responsible for, and THEN be found out a liar to boot, is frankly too much to take.  There is NO BUDGET ISSUE! THAT WAS A LIE!

Clearly this Mayor has no intention of attempting to safeguard  the citizens that elected her.  She says and votes for one agenda, in the public's eye,
then behind the scenes, does EXACTLY the OPPOSITE to hinder and stall what she has publicly voiced support for.

Her administration has been as anemic and impotent towards safeguarding cyclists as the previous...

Any cyclists  that have felt some loyalty or "niceness" towards her in the past,  might want to carefully look in the mirror, today, and reconsider their position.

See you at the next City Council meeting.


mark d. goodley


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