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Letter to the Editor: Resident Gives Take on City Government

Frequent Letter to the Editor writer puts forth his thoughts on Independence Day as it relates to the state of Manhattan Beach city government.

On this July Fourth, do residents of Manhattan Beach enjoy the liberties guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence? Enshrined in City Hall Plaza are President Theodore Roosevelt’s words: “The Government Is Us; We Are the Government, You and I.” Has the Manhattan Beach City Council (MBCC) honored this principle?

In 2011, the MBCC admitted and assumed responsibility for violations of laws protecting our liberties. In turn, it promised to promote democratic governance by maximizing public engagement in policy decisions impacting our community. It has failed to honor that commitment.

Specifically, the MBCC failed to allow substantive engagement in the selection of a new city attorney. It failed in its promise to promote equity in public policymaking rather than residents confronting a stacked deck in which advance notice and access to information are limited as are opportunities to provide rebuttal evidence against unlimited time for arguments by staff and council.

The MBCC’s closed door policy on labor contract negotiations prohibits public engagement on decisions impacting 70% of taxpayer dollars. It effectively prohibited public engagement in budgeting by failure to provide opportunities for public forums.  

Further, the MBCC rejected community participation in strategic planning. Therefore, it is “they” not “us” arrogantly defining “our” city’s mission, “our” goals, “our” vision as a community, and even “our” values.

Consequently, Independence Day 2012, finds viable democracy lacking in Manhattan Beach and far removed from President Abraham Lincoln’s hopes enshrined in the plaza, “Government of the People, By the People, For the People, Shall Not Perish From the Earth.”

Sincerely,

Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D.
Manhattan Beach  

Letters to the editor are opinions and as such do not reflect the views of Manhattan Beach Patch. Letters are subject to editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Anonymous letters will not be published, so please include your real name. You can email your letter to Manhattan Beach Patch editor Liz Spear at liz.spear@patch.com.

Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. July 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Manhattan Beach - Public Engagement Mr. Johnson: Your command of the written word is as unimpressive as your comments. Perhaps medication might stimulate more substantive replies and improve your social communication skills as well. I would imagine calling people "whack jobs" has left you with very few others of intelligence who find it worth their time to associate with a Johnson of such small stature. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach
Sharon Arias July 19, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Annoyed by Weekly Letter Writer Pahleeze!! How often must readers suffer the inane meanderings of Edward Caprielian’s self-important commentary? He adds absolutely nothing to the public dialogue about issues affecting Manhattan Beach. Why do you waste the ink and space to even publish his comments? Frankly, his pontificating is obnoxious and insulting to any reader with an IQ above room temperature. Lance Widman ---------------------------------------- Letter Attacks Mr. Widman is correct in his assessment of the utility, or lack of same, of Mr. Caprielian's absurd missives. Enough is, after all, enough. (TBR Letters, 7/12/12) The real mystery here is why The Beach Reporter and Editor Paul Silva continue to pander to these two perennial self-proclaimed "gadflys." Their only civic appearance is in print; they're never seen taking a stand in public. Several years ago, when I responded to a series of personal attacks launched by Roger Eldon Bacon, another perennial letter-writer, Mr. Silva curtailed any further responses, saying that the dialogue "served no further purpose..." How about exercising some similar control now? Patch is also to blame for printing Caprielian's rubbish. Geoff Hirsch
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. July 29, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. 5:59 pm on Saturday, July 28, 2012 State of Manhattan Beach City Government. Thank you for your comments to my Letters to the Editor. They provide me further insight into those who provide substance to the critical issues facing our community and those with vacuous criticism but without a response of well-thought out opinions on strengthening the quality of our civic governmet. In that regard, please reply with an example of one of your substantive contributions that takes a position on an issue and provides informed rationale substantiating "an IQ above room temperature." Since you have never done so in the past, my expectation of a reply is realistically low. If I can assist in any manner in formulating a reply, please do not hesitate to inquire. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D.
Kathryn Bell August 20, 2012 at 08:37 AM
Clearly this is the results of what happens to old folks who have too much time on their hands.
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. August 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
"Resident Gives Take On City Government" - Letter to Editor Ms. Bell: Thank you for your comment and "having time on your hands" to read my letter. Your reply substantiates the battle of those who combat discrimination, prejudice, and abuse towards elders ("Clearly this is the results [sic] of what happens to old folks...). Your reply also ranks high among those who provide no substance to their criticism and lack the courage to state their own views in depth. Actually, I am old enough to remember Wendy's restaurant's ad, "Where's the beef?" So, Ms. Bell, "Where's the beef?" Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach

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