2 Cypress City Council Meetings this Monday, 5/12/14

(Cypress, 5/11/14)  by George Pardon:  The agendas are up for Cypress 5 and 7 pm City Council Meetings:

There is a 5 PM workshop regarding the 2014-15 budget.  At the 7 PMmeeting, Public Hearing #1 is an action item to consider the Race Track’s request to add 234 horse stalls.

Regardless of your position on the addition of the horse stalls, there is significant concern that 2 of the City Council Members accepted contributions for their 2012 election from a political action committee, Quality of Life, which is funded by owners of the race track.  While the City Attorney will tell you there is no legal conflict of interest, there is certainly the perception of a conflict of interest.

From Quality of Life:

Rob Johnson received $6,500 which is 20.2% of the $32,178 he spent to get elected

Mariellen Yarc received $2,500 which is 12% of the $20,857 she spent to get elected

Although not on the agenda, with the trash contract out to bid, these same two City Council Members accepted contributions from organizations representing trash haulers or a group with close ties to a trash hauler.

Rob Johnson received $8,115 which is 25.2% of the $32,178 he spent to get elected

Mariellen Yarc received $1,616 which is 7.7% of the $20,857 she spent to get elected

As such, Rob Johnson received 45.2% of the funds he spent to get elected from groups with interests in either the race track or trash companies. Mariellen Yarc received 19.7% of the funds she spent to get elected from groups with interests in either the race track or trash companies.

 

Who do you think they will be representing when race track and trash collection matters come before the City Council?

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2 Responses to 2 Cypress City Council Meetings this Monday, 5/12/14

  1. Concerned resident says:

    Cypress residents need to know that the amount of money that Johnson went after during his 2012 campaign was unnecessarily high – Rob Johnson and Mariellen Yarc did NOT need to accept money from two special interest PACs in order to run for Cypress City Council. But they choose to. A good candidate only needs to raise about $7,000 from family, friends & neighbors to run and win. That is Clean Government. Winning candidates in the past went door-to-door in Cypress introducing themselves to voters.

    City Council members are SUPPOSE to represent us, the residents of Cypress – not a Political Action Committee (PAC) or corporation. Take a look at the Organizational Chart for Cypress and you will see that it is the Residents who are at the very top of the chart – not a PAC ,and not a corporation.

  2. Cypress resident speaks out says:

    Re-cap of May 12 Cypress City Council meeting:

    The Good News: Council members Narian & Yarc spoke regarding the frequency of pick-ups – and both agree that it makes better sense to keep Recycling pick-ups to bi-weekly & the same with our new 3rd bin: Green Waste. This will keep our Trash bill lower and probably save the city of Cypress millions of dollars in street repairs over the next few decades. Perhaps other cities throughout southern California will re-think their waste disposal pick-up !!

    The Bad News: Why does Doug Bailey want Cypress residents to pay for 3 bins to be picked up EVERY WEEK? Doug Bailey does not have the best interests of Cypress residents at heart – and this is why we say that: Bailey, who was not at the 2 resident Community meetings, (and we were), states that residents wanted all 3 bins picked up every week.

    The fact of the matter is, our Consultant, Sloan Vasquez (whom Bailey selected) DID NOT INFORM ANY OF US THAT ONE TRUCK TRIP EQUALS OVER 9,000 CAR TRIPS!! Doug Bailey knows we were not informed – however, he continues to make false statements from his Council seat.

    Why does Doug Bailey want Cypress residents to pay for 3 bins to be picked up WEEKLY? Who benefits the most from that deal? What about the huge amount of damage to our Cypress streets from such weight?

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