Now former Los Alamitos Mayor, and 11.4 point LANDSLIDE LOSER of the 72nd Assembly race Troy Edgar apparently isn’t humbled by his recent failures. He spent well into six-figures to lose big to a relatively unknown competitor last month, and seems to be vindictively paying back his City (which he also lost) and opponents on the City Council who aren’t on his Christmas card list.
While still Mayor at their last Council Meeting, Edgar intentionally juggled the Agenda to ensure he and his sycophants were able to vote on items which the newly elected (but not yet sworn) members more appropriately needed to discuss and cast their votes upon per Dave Emerson, proprietor of the Let’s Fix Los Al blog:
…despite pleas from two Council Members and several audience members to install newly elected Council Members the way Los Alamitos has always done it and the way our surrounding communities do it, Troy Edgar and his outgoing wing man & woman bulldozed forward, inconveniencing dozens of friends and family members of both outgoing and incoming Council Members as well as ordinary citizens like me, who finally gave up and went home.
Fortunately for Los Al, Troy Edgar is no longer Mayor and won’t be potentating the second smallest city in the OC from the center seat — a fair and reasonable man, Warren Kusumoto, was elected to replace him: Kusumoto Unanimous For Mayor, Murphy For Pro Tem, Mejia Disappointed. Still, Edgar despitefully stiffed Council opponent Gerri Mejia out of her “turn” at a resume-building Mayor’s title. Kusumoto moved immediately to undo some of Edgar’s malfeasance per the Patch:
…the tug of war continued even after the former majority had stepped down — Kusumoto, with the support of Graham-Mejia and the two new councilmembers, called back two of the items that had already been voted in. The new council reversed the previous council’s vote on the pay raise, deciding to hold off an salary discussion until January.
Unfortunately for Los Al, Edgar can run for Council again when his current four-year term expires in 2014 — unless he’s foolish enough to try again for a higher office. We’ll be watching.
Update: Here’s the Register story on the Council meeting. In a very interesting development, Roxana Kopetman reports:
In other council action, Graham-Mejia did not support certifying the results of the November election because she said she was contacted by many voters who were upset and said they were misled to vote for Measure DD, a new law that reduces the telephone users tax from 6 to 5 percent. The law also applies to many other types of telecommunication services, including some that don’t exist yet. Critics say the measure raises taxes, not lowers them. More than 70 percent of the voters in Los Alamitos approved the measure. “I think people now are realizing they voted for something they wouldn’t have if they understood that correctly,” the councilwoman said.
We reported extensively on this tax FRAUD that Edgar was pushing on his electorate a few months ago: