Friday, September 13, 2019

When Local Politics Get Too Close to Home ...

Omnia Gallia in tres partes divisa est    All Gaul is divided in three parts is the opening line of  Homer's The Iliad.

Oops!  Redondo Beach, pop. roughly 65,000, is not Gaul.  And, we have five districts, not just three with a council person for each one of them.

District 1 starts in the south and heads northward.  We live in District 4, bordering Hermosa Beach and District 5 is at the northernmost end bordering Manhattan Beach.  So that you have a feel for what I'm talking about.

Ours is Councilman John Gran of the 4th District and imagine my surprise to read "Group seeks to recall councilman" this bright sunny morning.

Why outraged citizens are moving forward on this is unimportant to non-residents, so I don't bother to report it. .

This is where close to home comes in for me.  I know John Gran.  We were both featured in "South Bay Stories Show" back in March.  During rehearsals and performances we chatted as did all of the cast members.  The recallers (if that's the proper word) are getting out or have gotten, a referendum that requires 25 per cent of registered voters - approximately 2,500 signatures - to pass.  This 2,500 names - if arranged alphabetically - would tell Gran exactly who his friends aren't.  It seems a little hypocritical of me to be pleasant back in March and vote his ass out in September. Dear Miss Manners...

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