Edgar has enemies — and plenty of them, its seems. Enemies on his own City Council, in the business community, in the GOP and, apparently, plenty of other places. It’s known from encounters with him that his personal style is condescending, smarmy, and easily turns combative before one is dismissed for having an idea or opinion contrary to his vastly superior experience and eminence as the Mayor of the second smallest of the OC’s 34 cities. Edgar has no difficulty in screwing his foes, or anyone perceived as competition or suspect in his tiny world of self-absorption.
After his quoted comment last week about selling a tax increase to “common people”, we weren’t surprised to see an email surface from 2008 that illustrates the contempt he has for his constituency. Los Al’s unwashed apparently don’t have or deserve property rights, so Hizzoner got interested in the potential of Eminent Domain as a way to drive Redevelopment in Los Alamitos:
Redevelopment died an ugly death last year, but NOT due to any righteous action of the part of Republicans like Troy Edgar. It died as a result of the only decent and correct decision ever made by Governor Jerry Brown — and for the wrong reasons — Brown just wanted hands on the money for his bankrupt General Fund.
Item 2. above indicts Troy Edgar as the scheming politician he is — it demonstrates no respect for personal property rights and honest, hardworking home and business owners, and shows intent to displace the free market mechanism with government intervention to build God knows what, and for which of his political supporters or contributors in this tiny suburb?