Well, among other things, the Recall Amante folks will be holding a support (and hopefully progress) meeting in Old Town Tustin this evening at 6pm. If you are interested in joining the team or getting an update (we are) stop by 345 W. 6th St., Old Town Tustin. I never have gotten a phone number or email so I guess they just want us to come on by, no RSVP needed. Hopefully, they will be serving milk and cookies.
That’s because their nemesis, Boss Tweed Amante, will be holding a BBQ fundraiser at Quinns Old Town Grill on August 25th. The catch is, unlike the Recall Amante group, you will have to fork over a minimum $99 per person for the privilege of cozying up to Jerry, eating BBQ and drinking from, what I suspect will be, an overpriced bar. Our experience with Quinns, as well as others from various websites leads us to believe Jerry chose Quinns (or vice-versa) due more to the owner’s penchant for dabbling in local politics rather than the food or service. Otherwise, why not go down to the famous Beach Pit BBQ a half block down? One has to wonder if it will be as successful as his last fundraiser at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Of course, with all the trouble Jerry has stirred with Old Town residents, you have to wonder why he even bothers coming down there. Perhaps it is to make up to them like he appears to have done with the local American Legion Post. Our friends over at the Liberal OC have expanded background on that.
So, if you were looking for something to do on a quiet Monday night, come on down and join us. I’ll be there to check out the scene and report back to you. And, please tell your friends about this blog. It is how we grow our readership.
Our friends who are busy recalling Jerry Amante have let us know they will be at all major community events for the next few months gathering signatures for the recall election. If you have not had a chance to sign, come on over to one of the listed events and make yourself known. They could also use some financial donations to help with the cost of running the campaign. Of course, all of this brings up another issue: who will run to take Jerry’s place? Any candidates lurking in the background?
Here are a few of the locations they will be gathering signatures. You can also go to their website at http://recallamante.nationbuilder.com/ for other locations and more information.
Movies in the Park: All Movies Begin at Dusk
August 18: Cedar Grove Park “How to Train Your Dragon”
August 25: Centennial Park “Toy Story 3”
Broadway in the Park, August 16 – 20: Peppertree Park “Oliver”
Box Office opens at 5:30 pm. Play begins at 6:00 pm
Casino Night Fundraiser: Tustin Area Senior Center
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
At first glance, we thought this website was put together by Boss Tweed Amante himself. The only contact information is Jerry’s and the only pictures are of Jerry as well. We wouldn’t blame him if he had put it together and he may have at least had a hand in it. This appears to be a first effort to begin an anti-recall campaign for Jerry, either by him or on his behalf. We say that because, when we checked the registration on the domain, it comes back not to Jerry Amante, but to Pamela Gooderham in Tustin.
Obviously, Jerry has at least a few friends in town. Some of them even sit on the dais with him. There is no doubt that Jerry was sweating during the election when it looked like he may not maintain the council majority he and Nielsen needed to continue their rein of terror. And, as we said in our previous post, Jerry must be at least a little worried about the recall as he has been a bit nicer lately.
But this website has just the bare information regarding the recall on it. The only statement from Jerry is the official Response to Recall Petition where he, among other things states, “I strive to treat everyone with respect, courtesy and professionalism.” Huh? He also claims a vote of 4-1 to fire the new City Manager, David Biggs. We could have sworn it was 3-2. And, as far as the TUSD lawsuit, well, Jerry just doesn’t get it. He still doesn’t understand that it was the actions and demands of an Amante led council that to the lawsuit to begin with.
There is also a section on what Jerry has done for (rather than to) the citizens of Tustin. Among his claimed accomplishments are having a balanced budget each year of office (municipalities, unlike the federal government, are required to balance the budget each year); the new Tustin Library (but, isn’t that a County library?); Citrus Ranch Park (an effort of the citizens of the community of Tustin Ranch); OCTA Board member (where I hear he is just as arrogant). So, what has he done that is real? According to this website, Amante should be wearing a cape with an A on it.
We’re just not sure what the A would stand for.
For a look at what our friends at the Recall Amante Campaign are doing, stop by their website. While we were against the recall on principle, we do support their effort and urge you to sign the petition.