Whoops! Mayor Rubs County Commissioner Robinson the Wrong Way.
Thank you for your e-mail. I have copied the County Administrator with your request. I was anticipating a conversation between our Administrator and your Manager based upon the agreement of your Council at the May 22nd meeting. I did not hear additional records requests as part of Council's direction at that meeting so I am assuming that this is an individual request by you, which we will provide as expeditiously as possible.
Your e-mail also gives me the opportunity to express my disappointment in your statements that occurred at the May 22nd City Council meeting regarding this matter. I find it very unfortunate that you would use the dais to infer that we might have delayed getting you information for less than honorable reasons. I have cut the final sentence from that original request you made to us:
"There is no immediate need for the data so please to not place it as high priority."
I certainly believed in that statement in following up on the request. I find it unfortunate that this sentence would be included in your request and then you would call into question the speed at which we provided the information. These kind of unwarranted public criticisms chip away at the partnerships that are needed in a unified approach to serving our citizens.
The Mayor Rubs A Little Salve on the Wound
Dear BCC Chair Robinson,
Totally impressive. I don't know how you do it, but I couldn't find the extra hours in a week to listen to your meetings. I am glad some others do, however, so that I can get a heads up on Commission meetings that may affect the City.
I think you know by now that I am no where near your level in political or legal astuteness, nor am I known for being politically correct in my presentations.
I am sorry for your disappointment and have taken the liberty to have the conversation transcribed and have attached the transcription for your records.
Additionally, you are correct that Council did not direct me to obtain the additional information that I requested. I will change the request to a citizen's request if the Commission requires it to be a Council directive to act and will pay whatever charges are necessary for this information.
I will stand by my statement to Council made on May 22, 2012 as any other requests for information, regardless of the speed we wanted them have always been lightning fast. I just must be requesting information that is normally not requested.
Please inform me if and how much the charges will be.
Thank you and have a great week end.
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:41 PM in Category:Inside Venice
9 Jun 2012
I credit the Mayor for admitting to his faux pas and apologizing for any issues he created. It beats just passing the blame down the line or not admitting the error.
We all get it wrong at times. All one should be expected to do is admit the error, apologize, clarify the issue and move on.
9 Jun 2012
That's why I printed his reply and not just the first message. Actually the emails suggests Robinson spends a great deal of time responding to Council emails, most from Bob Daniels.