In Arroyo Grande, let Myosotis arvensis — also known as forget-me-nots — forever remind you of Steve Adams. During the nearly second Great Depression, this great man kept our city in the black for 12 years; running, planning, working.
The shrill screed of unproven accusation took down a city manager whose work performance was never in question. The accusers were back at council Jan. 22, when they — who are most responsible for Steve’s demise — expressed surprise we could face litigation and that the city should now fire Tim Carmel. For not stopping them? Well, you can’t have it both ways. Adams’ contract says if you terminate him, separation and benefits are due. Offering to resign doesn’t count. The city fired him.
The one thing almost everyone seemed to agree on was that we should be allowed to pray together. Yet 10 seconds into their term, this council caved — this time to a different minority — saying that A.G. can’t afford to defend against Atheists United. But we can sure take on Steve Adams, can’t we? The city hasn’t even taken a $6 million 101 exit to Rodeo Drive off the table, but it is worried about $107,000.
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You fired him. Paying — not negotiating — is in the city’s best interest.