What is it with our City Government?

Once again our mayor is out of the loop. Early this week when the San Diego Chargers triggered their out clause to try and get the city to the table to start negotiating and stop messing around, our supposed city council and Mayor literally lost it. They had emotional outbursts that my children would have been stuck in a corner over. What was worse is that the Mark Fabiani the mouth piece of the Chargers informed the Mayors Chief of Staff over the weekend of the Chargers plans.

Once again our mayor is out of the loop. Early this week when the San Diego Chargers triggered their out clause to try and get the city to the table to start negotiating and stop messing around, our supposed city council and Mayor literally lost it. They had emotional outbursts that my children would have been stuck in a corner over. What was worse is that the Mark Fabiani the mouth piece of the Chargers informed the Mayors Chief of Staff over the weekend of the Chargers plans.

Our Mayor must have been out of the loop on this conversation. He did not know that they had a conversation on the subject, "I did not know he directly informed John Kern," Murphy said. The Mayor did go on to say that he was forewarned over the weekend that the Chargers would trigger last week. Well let's see Fabiani told your chief of staff they were going to do it, the whole darn city knew they were going to do it, and you were forewarned they were going to do it, then why the shock and outrage that he and the City council displayed?

I have never seen such childish behavior from our city council members in my life, The beloved Mayor of this fine city acted out in outrage, "The Chargers' action is a slap in the face of the Chargers task force, who put in hundreds of hours, the San Diego City Council and the people of San Diego," Mayor Dick Murphy said. "I am personally outraged." I did not understand this comment and understand it less even now, since we all know that he knew it was coming, why would you be outraged? It is not like they just pulled it out of thin air and said hey today is a good day to trigger and tick everyone off.

The Mayor went on to say, "My guess is they either don't care or they have the most inept public relations operation in San Diego. What they've done is probably the most counterproductive that they could do." Here is where I disagree; I don't think the public is as outraged as the Mayor. Everyone knew it was coming and the fact that it was put off so long was probably more then a shock. The Chargers were the ones coming up with all of the proposals, not the city. The Cities stance was let's wait and see or to ridicule the Chargers every chance that they had, the Chargers decided it was time to get aggressive and see how serious this council is about keeping the Chargers in San Diego.

Jim Madaffer had this to say about the Chargers choice to Trigger, "What idiots. This is a real slap to the citizens of San Diego. I'm disappointed, disgusted and still question whether they can trigger in the first place. The ink is barely dry with the task force's report and they pull this stunt. Have they just been stringing us along?"

Let's see, that is some professional language by a man who is supposed to be making the decisions on how our city is run. Mr. Madaffer's comments also makes him look like he did not know it was coming, when he was one of the biggest opponents to the Trigger clause all along and the cities deal with the Chargers as it stands. I cannot believe a civic leader would go as far as he did with the childish name calling. My children would have their mouths washed out with soap if they called another person an idiot.

There were even more comments from other city council members Brian Maienschein said, "I think it's a real slap in the face to the work of the task force".

Donna Frye said, "I think they have no respect for the people of San Diego or the process", she goes on to say how the city should take all legal action to protect the city and its citizens.

The funny thing is the citizens knew it was coming. We're not dumbfounded at all. Some of us wonder what took so long. The Chargers have given them a proposal, and then said they thought a proposal the task force of them funding 100 percent of the stadium was a good Idea worth looking into. The city has said let's wait and see. Well now you can not wait and see as of last Tuesday you now have 90 days, if you wait any longer the San Diego Chargers are no more. I do have to give Mrs. Frye some credit she realized this is not a political venue it is a business venue, "We're dealing with very sophisticated business people, period," she said. "That's the reality of it. It isn't good. It isn't bad. It just is. And you get the best negotiating team you can and you play hardball with people whose only interest is to take what they have now and to get more. This is not about creating a friendship. This is hardball tactics in the big leagues, with the big boys and girls" she could never be more right, this is business and it is hardball and it is now time to sit at the table and get a deal done.

Tom Criswell can be reached at: tcriswell@sbcglobal.net or via the following link: Tom Criswell

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