Why, exactly, is the Arroyo Grande City Council considering hiring an outside consultant to further investigate the “incident” involving its city manager and community development director?
The city already has racked up a $1,254 bill for an investigation by its deputy city attorney. Now, the council is thinking of spending even more money to hire an outside investigator to re-examine the “incident.” Apparently, the deputy city attorney — who is employed by an outside law firm — is not quite “outside” enough.
For those unfamiliar with said “incident,” here’s a recap: The night of July 3, City Manager Steve Adams and Community Development Director Teresa McClish attended the opening of a new restaurant in the Village of Arroyo Grande, where they had some wine. They later had more wine at another restaurant in the Village and then spent some time at Adams’ office in City Hall to ensure they were OK to drive home.
McClish’s husband grew worried when his wife was late getting home; she had phoned him at 10 p.m. to say she was leaving work and still wasn’t home an hour later. He contacted police, who located Adams and Mc-Clish at City Hall. According to the city-funded investigation, police who responded that night did not see anything improper, though they did report that Adams appeared disheveled and had his shirt untucked.
Yes, there was some questionable judgment involved here.
McClish should have called to give her husband an update. Then, this all could have been avoided. But since when is neglecting to call home acrime?
And, sure, if Adams and McClish had stuck to a single glass of wine — or no wine at all — they wouldn’t have had to delay driving home.
That said, we’re glad they did the responsible thing and waited. The alternative would have been to drive home buzzed, risking arrest and possibly even causing an accident.
As for reports that Adams looked disheveled and had his shirt partially or fully untucked when police arrived, Adams told Tribune reporter Cynthia Lambert that he was wearing a casual shirt, which he left untucked THE ENTIRE NIGHT.
We don’t believe it’s a crime to leave a casual shirt untucked. Nor is it a brickbattable offense. As far as we know, it’s not even proof of sexual activity.
So, again, why is the City Council seriously thinking about funding another investigation? Is it to satisfy the contingent hollering that the city is conspiring to cover up inappropriate conduct on the part of two top employees?
If so, the City Council is wasting its breath, along with its money. Some self-righteous conspiracy theorists are never going to disbelieve slimy reports of a “sex scandal,” no matter how much money is poured into investigations.
We strongly urge the Arroyo Grande City Council to stand by its employees. An investigation has been conducted; there’s no need to follow that up with an inquisition.
Five-Gallon Challenge is worth a try
We don’t want to throw a wet blanket on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but after watching all the usual suspects — from Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong to actress Jennifer Aniston — have buckets of ice water dumped on their heads, we’ve reached the saturation point. So when we read about Brittany App’s variation — she calls it the Five-Gallon Challenge — we were intrigued.
Brittany gave the challenge a twist by filling a 5 gallon bucket with water from a garden hose and announcing that she and her husband, Steven Anzel, would live on those 5 gallons — and three toilet flushes — for the entire day. (here's a video on their adventure.) The couple also donated to the ALS Association, plus two other charities.
Great idea. Brittany earns a bouquet of dried flowers — no watering required — for finding a creative way to drive home asobering message: Water is scarce in California, and we can’t afford to squander a drop.
Armenian writer commemorated
As big fans of the written word, we’re delighted that local Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian introduced a resolution declaring Sunday to be William Saroyan Day, in honor of the Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning author and playwright.
The son of Armenian immigrants, Saroyan was born Aug. 31, 1908, in Fresno. “He drew international attention to the cultures of both the Armenian people and the Central Valley in his writings,” commented Achadjian, whose own parents fled their native Armenia after surviving Turkish massacres.
We know it’s a busy weekend, but if you’ve got some time to spare on Sunday, how about reading a little Saroyan? You provide the reading material, and we’ll toss in a bookish bouquet to celebrate Saroyan Day.