I would like to propose another "political" possibility, and that is a misguided union, its attorneys and their attempts to control public policy for their purposes rather than those of the rank and file.
One thing that is for certain is that our Police Department personnel are dedicated to this city. They perform difficult and too-often dangerous jobs.
I also believe that the "political" problem may be the result of the union leadership for one other more obvious reason. If the CMPD did not support the direction of our elected officials they would simply vote them out of office.
If our officials are elected to lead, then let them lead.
City ignores procedures
Columnist Barbara Venezia hit the nail on the head in her column ("Venezia: Nothing adds up in 60th debacle," March 7).
I have repeatedly indicated my dismay to the city manager about the lack of respect for established laws and policies that permeates City Hall from top to bottom. It's also an issue I emphasized in my discussion with consultant Chip Espinosa in his "listening" report.
But the disregard for rules is not limited to contracts. The city ignores planning laws, municipal code and California and government code provisions regarding city administration.
If staff had observed the adopted policies and laws applicable to Fairview Park, the whole trail incident — an unknown party placed a decomposed granite trail over an environmentally sensitive habitat — probably wouldn't have happened, since staff sprayed and scraped the trail, essentially laying the groundwork for the decomposed granite.
The writer is a member of the City Council.