Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

You may not have heard but, John Nielsen held a Town Hall meeting a couple of weeks ago. You may not have heard because, as Councilmember Beckie Gomez pointed out at the last city council meeting, it was not very well advertised. In fact, it appeared to be pointed directly at Old Town residents rather than the community as a whole. John claimed notice went out to OTT residents, but I never saw anything myself… neither did anyone else I talked to. Maybe, Lindburgh and Michael got an email.

It was a rather mundane affair that turned out to be more of a campaign effort for the good Mayor than a vehicle for communication between the city and its residents. While Nielsen, who could not have spoken had it not been for the PowerPoint presentation, rambled on about how much the city has done to improve the Old Town Business District (there was some dissension about that), the friend I was with pointed out the glaring absence and then sudden appearance of certain members of the council and council candidates.

Now, it is my habit -borne from my years as a peace officer- to scan any room I enter for possible threats. Along with checking my rear view mirror (I’m thinking about changing cars weekly) much more frequently, that has become even more imperative since I began blogging in Our Town Tustin. When I entered the community meeting room at the library, I’m pretty sure I saw Councilmember Beckie Gomez among the several city staffers and local talent I recognized. I did not notice any of the others. Of course, I did not expect to see Deborah because of the date. However, I did notice that neither of John’s cronies were around. And, while I did see council candidates, David Waldram and Tracy Worley-Hagen, I did not see the other two candidates, Chuck Puckett and Allan Bernstein- that is, until a few minutes later.

As my friend pointed out, John spotted Waldram and Worley-Hagen in the audience and suddenly ran out of the room, cellphone in hand, into the hallway. Although I wasn’t privy to his phone call, it was just a few minutes later when his cronies showed up, en masse, to make the rounds. I’m sure the sudden phone call and subsequent appearance of “Team Tustin” and the Three Amigos could have been a coincidence.

And, John got free publicity out of the whole thing. After all, who do you think picked up the tab for the cookies and milk?

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About Jeff Gallagher

My day job is a peace officer for the 2nd largest law enforcement agency in Orange County. I live in and love Tustin where my family and I have resided for the past 17 years. I am a highly moderate libertarian that despises hardcore Republicans, Democrats and anyone else who is not willing to compromise for the good of the people.

Posted on September 27, 2012, in elections, In the News, Local Government, politics, Tustin City Council and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I will be out of town for this years Tiller Days event– Please someone take a photo of our mayor riding in the parade if he has the nerve to show up with his estranged ( planning to be divorced) wife looking like the happy couple for all the city to see— then again, maybe he’ll be riding in the car with his “sister” wink, wink—–;)

    • Since the parade comes right past my porch every year (we’ve been proclaimed the “Porch People” by the local Girls Scout troop), I will be happy to oblige. Maybe if Jerry isn’t riding this year, he will loan John his dog as a companion. Of course, if it was my car, I’d be asking for a pet cleanup fee…

  2. I was there. But, thought it was regarding another issue. Cronyism at it’s finest! The City of Trees has been turned into the City of Thieves!

    • Or the city of the privileged. Driving around town, I see the person least likely to lose his seat has the most signs up. Is he really that worried about it?

      Thanks for reading and commenting

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