Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose has announced that he will resign over a controversy that has sparked charges of racism from an e-mail photo he sent out this week depicting a superimposed watermelon patch in front of the White House.
Grose said in an e-mail sent to the Orange County Register on Thursday that he will resign at Monday’s City Council meeting.
â€œThe attention brought to this matter has sadly created an image of me which is most unfortunate,â€ Grose wrote. â€œI recognize that Iâ€™ve made a mistake and have taken steps to make sure this is never repeated.â€
So is this good news? Is this a victory for common decency? We don’t know yet. I haven’t yet seen if Dean Grose will resign from Los Alamitos City Council or simply resign his ceremonial duties as Mayor and remain on the council.
So what is it, Los Al? Is inflammatory racism “only bad enough” to require a slap on the wrist, or can the people in this city really expect better from their elected officials?