The good ol' boys ride again
Last Tuesday the City Council selected a new Mayor for 2012. The debate was a disgrace; the illusion of fairness slipped to reveal the real power structure that controls our town. To everyone in the room it was obvious; standing in the back of the chamber was ex-Sheriff Brad Gates, close friend and ally of the Rancho Mission Viejo Company, who by all appearances calls the shots in San Juan to Councilmen Allevato, Kramer and Taylor who respond.
Larry Kramer did not distinguish himself when he engaged in a shameful charade to cause himself to be chosen as Mayor. By any criteria (tradition? experience? previous commitment or even simple fairness?) it was Councilmember Laura Freese’s turn to become Mayor. Indeed, last year, newly elected Councilman Larry Kramer publically promised to support Councilmember Freese for Mayor, as he was then displacing her as Mayor pro tem. Yet, he put his past promise aside and moved with iron-fisted determination to deny her due, with nary an apology. So much for integrity.
It was embarrassing to behold. Even residents who previously supported Kramer were ashamed of him, including many women who view this action as sexist. A comment from Abraham Lincoln came to mind; “Everybody is able to bear misfortune reasonably well but, to judge the true worth of a man’s character, give him power”.