Full Audio – December 4 Tapo Street Grant Meeting

Today, I received a lawsuit threat from Ted Mackel for posting the article referencing the timeline of events related to the Tapo Street renovation grant dispute. Check back later for the screen capture of the lawsuit threat letter that was delivered via Facebook. This is important to note because it explains why the article was edited shortly after it was published.

For clarification and full disclosure, I’m providing a full, unedited segment of audio. The video embedded below is the full audio of the meeting that took place at City Hall on December 4, 2012, between city officials and a group of citizens. It is over an hour long, but I encourage you to listen to it in full so that you can draw your own conclusions.

For your own copy of the audio CD of the meeting, write to City Clerk, City of Simi Valley, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, CA 93063, and request a CD of the meeting between Doug Crosse and the City Manager held on December 4, 2012, pursuant to the California Public Record Act. Give the City at least 10 days to respond.

(Mitch Green has provided a cliff notes summary of the meeting dialogue which can be found here.)

Understanding Campaign Statements

It’s not totally unusual for someone to say, “Hey Mike! This Candidate got a huge donation from this person and we need you to call that out.” And when I don’t respond, the pressure only increases. The truth is, it’s pretty simple to look at these documents and misconstrue the data. Ted Mackel, real estate expert and social media guru, volunteered to step up and explain how these documents can be sorted.

I’ve chatted with Ted about this subject offline and we both agree that it’s fantastic that people are really taking a serious interest in these matters and examining the details. Take a look at Ted’s video walk through video below, and you’ll definitely get a clearer sense of what to look at when perusing these documents. THANK YOU Ted!

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Enhance Your Comments

Have you noticed that Ted Mackel and I are the only people with our pictures next to our names? You may see others from time to time, but most people don’t realize that you can have your picture next to your name in your blog comments AND have that picture follow you to other blogs that support a technology called Gravatar. If you’re interested in adding some legitimacy to your comments by showing people that you are a real person, Gravatar is a quick and free way to do that, requiring a little effort up front and then no effort at all going forward.

Ted Mackel, local technology guru, shows us all how in his latest how-to video. Check it out and consider giving it a try: