Tyson’s cheerleaders come out swinging, lying
An Op-Ed by former Eureka City Council members in today’s Times-Standard defends the city manager Dave Tyson against recent criticism, and tops it with a cherry made of horse poop.
Mike Jones, Jeff Leonard, Virginia Bass, Polly Endert, Mary Beth Wolford, Connie Miller, Cherie Arkley and Nancy Flemming repeat the talking point that only a “vocal minority” opposes Tyson. They criticize City Councilwoman Linda Atkins for saying the majority of the council ignores city residents. And for good measure, they throw some blame at former councilman Larry Glass. Old habits are hard to break.
Atkins and Glass, they say, ignored citizens who wanted “the cleanup of the Balloon Track and the Marina Center project.” But Tyson (and Ms. Arkley’s) stooges never wanted a real clean-up. Their plan called for a cheap cover-up.
And to refresh the former councilmembers’ memories, Glass and Atkins voted to put the misleading Balloon Track measure on the ballot as requested by their constituents.
“Marina Center Now!” anyone? These months later it is crystal clear — as it was then to anyone paying attention — that Measure N was a smokescreen. The Balloon Track is still a toxic mess, the Arkley’s still dig their heels in the mud, and the incompetent tools who used Measure N as a campaign issue struggle to look independent while serving the monied class that put them in office.