Here’s PR Rule No.1 of local politics:
If someone files a formal complaint against you with a government agency alleging a serious violation of state law, you better have a really good reason to call the police on them if and when they come down to visit the council in person and you don’t happen to like what they say or do. Failure to follow this simple rule makes it look like you’re singling them out for retaliation.
Unfortunately, our mayor and vice mayor weren’t thinking too hard last week when they decided to physically interfere with Greg Sousa directly after the vice mayor went out of his way to bait him with unnecessary ad hominem insults. Instead of frigging holding his hand — or smarter yet, just ignoring him — they chose to make a mega-example of Sousa by siccing the cops on him.
In general hamfistedness alone it reminded us of the days when our hapless school board members would engage in various acts of reprisal against a newly energized Burbank Human Relations Council. Or, when the same school superintendent back then would suddenly disappear from the room to call the police every time a board critic would be seen entering it — and then make sure to personally point them out to the arriving officer.
It wasn’t smart then and it’s certainly not smart now. A review of last Tuesday night’s tape shows how petty and messed up those two were. The whole thing was intrusive and artificial. Someone should post an excerpt.