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4/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: Kudos to City Council
Bob Weete
Essay

I was impressed with some of the things I saw and heard happening at last week's City Council meeting. Elections must be coming up. Mike Evans, who usually is not bashful about asking questions he needs answered in order to help him in his decision-making, asked questions. It is evident that he has read the material ahead of time and has given some thought to it. Some of the council members and their buddies often scoff at this man for doing his job. Actually, they might do well to follow his professional example.

When we elect persons to a board, we expect them to take proper care of our town. When governing boards delegate their authority to some other individual, we are just asking for trouble unless they are willing to ask questions and get answers. Election to a city council is not simply a popularity contest as perhaps might be expected in a high school class election, or student council election. Running for such a position should mean that the individual is willing to give the time, the effort, and integrity that are needed when considering all the various aspects of governing.

As I look at it, anyway, the City Council are the leaders of the community; the City Manager is hired to carry out the directions of the Council. They actually work together for the support of the entities that keep the town in good shape. If the City Council is not the boss, why do we need a city council? I, frankly, sometimes feel the office of the City Manager is equal to a dictator, with a Police Chief close at his side. I am talking about the office of City Manager; understand that I am not referring to the current city manager or any of his predecessors personally. One person "in charge" makes it easier for a powerful local citizen, or an influential group within the city to "manage" the manager. Consequently, we have a power sub-group running the elected leaders who then become responsible for any action taken. If a person commits himself to take on the work of a city councilman, then he must be responsible for what does or does not happen.

The governing body it seems, should be much more involved in the running of the city; otherwise, it is fertile ground for a potential dictator to grab power and the entire city loses. Five good, unbiased heads are better than one. Collectively, they must watch closely the actions of the employees. They are only human, and therefore subject to pride and greed when their close associates push for agendas that do not benefit the entire city such as the "Welcome Center", initiated by golfing Canadian friends and not a request of the electorate. And such as the thinly-disguised CWA request by Councilman Joe DeConinck. Clearly another conflict of interest being promoted.

Fortunately, Mr. Evans, Mr. Cusick, and Mr. Patel jumped in and recognized what was going on. The request for $4,600 for a band for a social event for CWA members and spouses would have been totally rejected had it not been for Mr. Evans' willingness to compromise - this time - Mr. DeConinck got $1,000. Generous of Mr. Evans, in light of the total disdain usually directed at him by the councilman.

That is why it is absolutely necessary for the five brains of the council/board to avoid being a "rubber stamp" group. They should be able to prevent the kind of thing that has been going on in Blythe for entirely too long, and has brought us to this sad state of affairs.

I noticed, too, that four of the hospital board members were present; I assume that was because they want to see how following Robert's Rules of Order can really tone down the never-ending rhetoric and the general tone of their own meetings. One was even taking movies! I am truly, truly impressed! For show and tell, I suppose.

Plain and simple: a governing body must work together in courtesy and respect, and none should be "friends" and golfing buddies who like to have clandestine lunches in a classroom at the college out of the watchful eyes of the public. I certainly am not implying that all five councilmen should be pals. But, it is highly unprofessional for certain individuals to openly and with barely any subtlety put down publicly any fellow councilmen. That should be done in the closed session. Otherwise, it could be considered as posturing for elections coming up.

I applaud the Council's decision to give them $1,000 toward their band, though it can't really be seen as promoting Blythe as intended. I also applaud Mr. Mike Evans, for being the one to move that at least some money to be given this time. This is the Mike Evans for whom Mr. DeConinck has shown such obvious disdain since his election.

Kudos also go to Sam Patel, Wayne Cusick, and Mayor Galvan, for finally taking a stand against a proposal that clearly was due to appealing to a certain group and could even be called a conflict of interest. The hospital photographer, who is with CWA, should know all about that. Too bad she didn't mention that to Mr. DeConinck. Moral to the story: Be careful. "Deification" of the self can sometimes with just small changes become "defecation".


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Dee Coats

In answer to @Dee Coats and others like her
How do YOU know whether I like what is going on at the hospital or not and how do YOU know who my "buddies" are? And what makes YOU think I am a Liberal? Because I am tired of all junk being tossed back and forth? How do you know if a Doctor is my "Buddy" or not? And what concrete suggestions have you put forth? At least I can put my name to what I say....evidently, you don't feel strongly enough to put your name out publicly. So, as long as everyone thinks your way then all is right with the world!


Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: AJ McKay

@Dee Coats. Your comments make plenty of sense. There are numerous subjects regarding this town that need attention from the community. People will only focus on the hospital as Blythe's problem. Anyone who has lived here for as long as you or I have know that the hospital issue will not make or break Blythe as a community and has always found a way to maintain itself. That is a fact that history has proven whether people like it or not. Blythe has always been a town with more talk and not enough actions by those doing the talking. Some will only complain, but when asked to help make a difference you will never see them involved in anything. Probably best to let those who choose to be angry for their own reasons do so. Even I can admit that I do not agree with what some people do or say, but I can also say there are some instances where they mean well. What's so hard for others to do so? Time will tell I guess....

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ Dee Coats

I will suggest positive change and believe me it would be POSITIVE CHANGE.
Cleanup the Hospital MEC, especially the leader.
Cleanup the City Administration.


Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: @Dee Coats and others like her

Depends on your point of view, Coats. YOU happen to like what is going on at the hospital therefore YOU and your buddies spread all the bull you hear and you consider YOURSELVES as being the "positive" people. Just like the liberals. Blaming ANYBODY whose opinion does not coincide with your views. It seems to me that liberals also consider themselves as being "open-minded". Actually, you are just as stuck in your rut as anybody else. "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" dear. I didn't see any concrete suggestions in your statements. It has been suggested over and over that you see the real problem with the hospital is your doctor buddy and Hudson. But YOU love them - and, apparently their tactics. And, of course, same for Sartin and Burton. You won't see their under-the-table tactics it's apparently okay to you? Their tactics, I assume, you would recommend to the council?

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Dee Coats

I for one am getting tired of ALL the negativity in our paper about the the Hospital Board, City Council, City Police and our community in general. Try to suggest positive change and maybe ways to change it. Everyone can't be wrong and just Weete and the paper are always right. This constant bantering needs to stop and stop now.
I know you are all better people than this, so help change not hurt.


Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ bob weete

You are one hundred percent in some of your assesments of what happens here in Blythe. We should not have boards or councils that just rubber stamp whatever the manager or CEO want and those elected should be hands on. That is why so many people were outraged when the old hospital board gave the CEO at that time a contract that gave him all the power. As more and more information comes to light it seems that the new board did the right thing in fighting against the contract and ultimately getting rid of administrators that were not doing the duties that they were being payed over 900 thousand dollars a year to do. I hope those overseeing our hospital now continue to be hands on and do not get so comfortable that they hand all that power to someone else. What we as a community must do is make sure our elected officials remain hands on and not fall for the political rhetoric come election time that they are micromanaging and not good for the community. One last thing, it normally takes two to tango. Through my life experiences I have seen that animosity and disdain are normally fueled by both sides and not just one person. It seems from my perspective that Joey is not the only guilty party in this fight. People need to learn to respectfully disagree with one another and not have vendettas against one another being perpetrated by themselves or an outside party to further their own agendas.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: @@Bob Weete Bob Weete Bob Weete

u r so right. The only reason for attacking Joey is because he has the community at heart and is doing a good job. the whiners can't stand it, so they have to tear down.
Weete is called to a "point of order" in keeping with Robert's Rules, for his half truths.


Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: @@@ Bob Weete Bob Weete

Come on, now. You are sounding too much like the hospital board. "We didn't do it. It was the previous board." Or, going to the master blamer, President Obama continues to say, "It was Bush who left us this mess." That's just a bunch of cow pies all piled up. I agree with you. "Put up or shut up." Give us "facts" that your candidate or doctor has actually done something good. Setting up his wife's group is not on the list. And while I'm at it, Mike "voted against it before he voted for it" is not exactly on line. He voted against the idea of giving CWA the $4600 that Joey wanted. THEN, in order to appease his fellow councilman, he moved that the lesser amount of $1,000 be accepted, even though he probably felt even that amount was not serving the purpose of promoting Blythe.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: @@ bob weete bob weete

At first when I read your response I thought it was bob himself then I saw that you could not spell the word right correctly. Who cares what the back of his pickup looks like and Joey has been working at cleaning up his lot for quite some time. The reality is that I do not care about those superficial things and neither should you. What I care about is if the person is giving their all to their community. Once again it takes 3 votes to get anything done and not just one. So why single out one person when they are only one vote. You all love to throw stones but none of you come up with a feasible plan to grow our community. Just fixing a road here and there and having a blues festival is not going to be what turns this town around. What everyone seems to forget is that this town was left with nothing when the economy collapsed due to other councils inability to plan for bad times. Then the state has come in and have taken many funds. Tough decisions were made, people lost their jobs, and the council has had little to work with. Personally I do not know why anybody would have wanted to take on the job at the time but I am glad there are people like joey that did. Once again tell me how joey stands to gain from being on the council? You all throw out greed and corruption all the time but give the community some examples of this mans greed or corruption. It is time you all put up or shut up!

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: @@ bob weete bob weete

You’re wright. Joey is a fine example of a councilman. All you have to do is drive down 14th street and look at DeConick farm lot and see all the garbage this fine example has to show. Even better yet, look in the back of his truck. Hopefully the EPA doesn’t get notified.
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I guess the best example of Joey would be to see him, the City Manager and Police Chief having lunch together several times a week. (deleted) Does anyone know?

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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: @ bob weete

You seem to overlook things when your boy Mike does them. He can take and publicly chastise public employees after he was told that he could not do that in a public meeting by the city attorney and then seconds later do it again and have the attorney tell him again that he could not do that. I guess that was okay and if you do not believe that it happened just go to youtube and search mike evans on there and you will find it. Why not go after all those that have casted the same vote as Joey on these issues. People are right you can tell we are building towards the next election. I may not agree with all of Joey's votes but I know he gives this town his all and it actually takes away from his business. The man is constantly in riverside fighting for this community. You can thank the hard work of Joey for keeping our county fire department station open and from keeping many other cuts from happening here. I wish we had more councilmen like Joey that put this community above their own business. What does the man really have to gain from serving this community

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: @ Film doesn't lie

You must be part of the Hospital group.
Intimidation is all you know how to do!
It really is not working like you think.


Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Film doesn't lie

Film does not lie, Weete. I saw it too and you did not get the story correct. The Big O voted with Evans and Joey Deconick. And that Evans changed his vote when the lady was filming him. LMAO!

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Chamber needs to step up and clean up their act!

I have the "Blues" due to no accounting from last years Blues performances. You got the money, now ,tell us how it is spent. Evans out at B an B Bait trying to give tickets away for free. Come on, those CWA ladies could give you a lesson in how to sell tickets and make money! And let's not talk about the waste of Chamber bucks on the Miss Blythe aka Copple production. Seems the whole family travels and eats on Chamber money.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: 1,2,3 Need 3 to pass!

1,2,3 you seems confused Mr. Weete, 3 is the magic number and Mr. Galvan was the 3rd vote, remember? You need to review the tape, sir. And as a former teacher I would hope you are supporting our youth getting educated, as CWA does. It seems that election time must be headed our way, due to the bashing starting up! Joey Deconnick is an outstanding supporter of the Palo Verde Valley and mike evans could learn a lot from him, if he could only learn to listen.


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