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You can tell the guy’s not feeling well these days, but there’s no excuse for his aggressively wacky behavior last night near the end of his extended “response to orals.”
The vice mayor talks about how much he respects the concept of protected speech at council meetings. Great. But then he almost immediately gets defiant and retaliatory after a couple of jeers happen to attend his uncalled for personal attack on one of the speakers? He even helps to get the police called on them!
It was far more out of line for Rogers to attack Greg Sousa the way he did last night than it was for the crowd down there to simply jeer him for it. There was such little provocation on their part in fact that this whole scene came off as a blatant setup, one designed to keep promulgating the phony narrative that these latest council critics have somehow become a physical menace to the community.
Sorry, but these critics are total lightweights compared to what was around 20 years ago. There are also far fewer of them. Rogers is well aware of this fact, but he just can’t help himself.
Rogers is also wrong to be ridiculing Sousa’s estimation of Albano’s legal abilities, which is what set this all off. Her office was inept not to have reviewed that blatantly illegal $50,000 T-BID deal before it went through; and we’ve noted here many times that her severely restrictive interpretation of the Brown Act seriously conflicts with that of two or three recent California attorney generals.
As pretext, she consistently uses her interpretation to quell both in-public council discussion and non-agendized public input. Perhaps cynically, Rogers thinks that’s competent.