I want to thank you for passing the censure for Peter Blake and showing the residents that you will not tolerate bullying, name-calling or interrupting our comments and ensuring we have the right to participate in local government. This is a powerful statement to city manager candidates that the Council will not tolerate disrespect and incivility towards residents, elected officials or staff.
I am sad though that you did not make a stronger disconnect between censuring his incivility and the fact that he has a right to his principles, ideas and values. No one has ever advocated abrogating his right to represent his constituents which is his primary defense and justification for incivility. That has never been the reason those of us he has attacked have spoken out. It has always been about his disrespect, anger towards us for our views and inability to control his behavior in council meetings towards speakers.
I hope the City Council will make this distinction in the future when Blake protests that residents are trying to silence his first amendment rights. We want him to continue his work but to do so in a respectful manner following Robert’s Rules of Order.
Thank you again for responding to the situation now.
Michèle Monda, Laguna Beach
Firebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect.
We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here.
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including: