Talk:Dan Cort recall, Pacific Grove, California, 2009
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Ashley Gamble's edits
I'm not clear on why User:AshleyGamble has been removing information from this page, since that user hasn't engaged in a discussion about his/her edits. That leaves me with very little information to go on about what the justification is for doing things like blanking the page, and deleting Dan Cort's name from the article and from the article's title.
This article is part of my archival work on recall campaigns in California. One such recall effort commenced in 2009 and it was directed against Dan Cort. Polycal 08:44, 3 April 2010 (CDT)
These edits were added to the page by user Ashley Gamble. I've removed them, pending user Ashley Gamble's locating citations and footnote that would support adding them back to the article:
1) The mayor inherited in 2006 a budget that was approximately $2.5 million dollars in the Red. He, City Manager Jim Colangelo and the then Council essentially turned the City around. With a complete reorganization of City Government, elimination of over 35% of all city employees making over $100,000, eliminating most Dept Heads and creating instead senior staff at much less cost.
2) The mayor and his Council consolidated the Fire Dept. with Monterey creating a joint Dept. and saving both cities thousands of tax payer dollars. Both cities now have much better response, Ocean rescue, and are far safer. This consolidation was done over several years with over a dozen highly publicized meetings throughout the Peninsula cities. Overwhelmingly the PEOPLE supported this concept.
3) Pacific Grove Natural History Museum was facing closure because of a significant/unaffordable operating expense. Lead by The mayor the Council approved, after many public meetings, the creation of a Public Private Partnership. Assisted by the Packard Foundation, Mittledorf Trust and numerous caring and philanthropic individuals the museum is now fully functioning, OPEN ON SUNDAYS and is an asset to the community of Pacific Grove. Unfortunately a few individuals in the community wished to see it closed rather than create the PPP.
4) Pacific Grove Library will no doubt continue to exist as a beloved institution because of the mayor and the then Council's commitment to continued funding (albeit a lesser degree). Also the mayor suggested another PPP so that private individuals could give of their time and resources to keep our the Library open.
5) At no time did the mayor raise the salaries of Public Employees without exhaustive bargaining with City Manager Jim Colangelo and asst. Mgr. Charlene Wiseman. The mayor and his Council knew that the salaries were unsustainable, hence the reorganization. The mayor and his Council voted unanimously to be one of the ONLY Councils in the state of Ca. to attempt to eliminate CALPers. Before his retirement, the mayor agreed with the majority of the Council to request a reduction of an agreed upon Police raise (made years earlier and during better economic times) from 6% to 0%.
6) The mayor has had more Public Meetings from Budgets to Farmer's Markets than probably any Mayor in recent history. Transparency was not just a motto but something that his administration carried through.
7) Bottom line... The mayor protected the City from Bankruptcy by reorganizing and using his budgetary skills to help the city maintain services while still living within its' means. He instituted Trees for PG which planted over 2500 seedlings in public places with $30,000 of grant money and no cost to the city.
8) The mayor was one of the founders of Sustainable PG which helped the city look at a more Green and sustainable future. Including, encouraging green cleaning products, elimination of Polystyrene (unanimous vote of the Council), more efficient and less costly solar installation fees, green building ordinances etc. The mayor and his Council brought PG its' first Farmer's Market after hundreds of businesses and citizens showed up supporting this three year effort.
9) City Manager Jim Colangelo NEVER complained about either he or his staff being hindered by the Mayor or Council in the provision of his services.
Wholesale misinformation by AshleyGamble
After recognizing the wholesale misinformation by Ashley Gamble including his attempt to blank the page, and remove all use of the name of the Mayor who was the subject of the recall effort -
- Why isn't the page reverted back to 08:18, 2 January 2010 - before Ashley Gamble began the vandalism ?
If you compare the current version with that date - you can see how twisted it is.
1. The current Ashley Gamble version claims the Recall was un-successful - yet only a few sentences later it reveals Dan Cort resigned as Mayor. Those two claims directly conflict.
2. The current Ashley Gamble version claims no signatures were gathered. First, the reference given makes no such statement, and since there are at least two Recall proponents - doesn't it make sens that they signed it - providing at least two signatures?
3. The current Ashley Gamble version has deleted all references to the website www.RecallCort.com where many of the original materials are stored.
May I suggest that the page revert back to 08:18, 2 January 2010 - before Ashley Gamble began his vandalism.