Short to contact state

Councilman wants to clear city’s name, restore faith in Lincoln
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Councilman Spencer Short wants to clear the city’s name and restore residents’ faith in the city. During the council-initiated portion of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting Short revealed his plans to contact a neutral third party to aide in that pursuit. “With the vitriol that has taken place in this community, I’m planning to move forward, to go ahead and ask the attorney general’s office, governor’s office and the Fair Political Practices Committee to come in and investigate any perceived wrongdoings,” Short said Tuesday night. Short said he will contact those governmental bodies as a private citizen, not as a City Council member. “There have been allegations over accounting issues, over a number of things. There are conspiracies and that’s all garbage and I’m tired of it,” Short told The News Messenger Wednesday. “It’s to dispel all of the bogus information that’s been put forward and there has been a tremendous amount.” When asked what allegations he included in his letters to the three organizations, Short said, “I addressed everything that’s going on and all of the baseless allegations that are being made against the city. “What I expect it will accomplish is it will bring a neutral third party who can respond and restore the faith that certain groups have tried to take away from the city,” Short said. “This is a time when we need to show leadership. When people make allegations you’ve done things that are civilly or criminally wrong, that infuriates me because we have not.” Short said he is going to the attorney general’s office, the governor’s office and the Fair Political Practices Committee because of their credibility. “We are going beyond people who have any knowledge of the individuals and players in Lincoln,” Short said. Short is not the only one who said he is contacting the attorney general’s office and the Fair Political Practices Committee. “Folks in our community are actively sending e-mails to the state of California, attorney general’s office and the Fair Political Practices Committee due to the deception of our City Council and city management,” said Bob Birdseye, a Lincoln resident Tuesday night. Terrie Robinson, a Lincoln resident, had similar sentiments. “It’s a good thing because we can get to solving the problems and getting beyond the politics,” Robinson said. “We don’t have an accurate picture of the city’s finances, there’s a possibility that the city misled the public about the city’s finances in an effort to persuade them to vote for Measure K. We don’t have a degree of comfort with these figures that come from the city regarding the structural deficit. ” Robinson said she was not sure how “effective” Short would be by contacting the three agencies as a private citizen. “I think they should consider putting it on the council agenda so it’s not just Council member Short but the entire council in it’s official capacity,” Robinson said. “Any individual can make a request or allegation, but when a governmental body speaks, that will probably catch the attention of the other governmental body.” The News Messenger asked the remaining City Council members Wednesday what they thought about Short’s actions to contact a party neutral to investigate any perceived wrongdoings. “It’s certainly probably something that the community was hoping for,” Councilman Stan Nader said. “It should be a signal that he has nothing to hide so it’s a breath of fresh air.” Nader said the investigation will also allow the city to concentrate on other issues. “It would be nice to put this to bed, this whole issue of who did what and when,” Nader said. “We need to move on to get onto other business.” Councilman Gabriel Hydrick said he “applauded” Short. “I think it will be a great service to the community, I think that’s what a number of the citizens are calling for, especially the most vocal ones,” Hydrick said. “What I hope it would do for the city, at least for the citizens, is it would take a step on the path to restoring confidence in the city leaders.”