TUSD trustee James Laird was denied the chance to have his comments entered into the public record last night after Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante refused to recognize him; Laird’s commentary was cut off from the official video of the meeting last night.
But we have YouTube and the court of Public Opinion. And the YouTube statement can be viewed in three parts.
My only complaint is Laird did go on too long; most public comments are three to five minutes. But shame on Amante for not allowing them to begin with. It was very clear to anyone watching the tape that Laird’s initial comments were intended to help get kids in school out of the meeting and back to their homework as quickly as possible. Amante used his position to prevent Laird from speaking.
Lastly, Amante chided the audience for cheering, booing or clapping out of order; he certainly didn’t admonish his supporters when they were lauding praises on him the night he was served with a recall petition.
Speaking of the recall petition, the Tustin City Clerk rejected the petition signed by 30 members of the community seeking to recall Amante. The group tells me they followed a template for the petition to the letter, yet it was rejected and the clerk wasn’t very helpful about what exactly needed to be fixed. It looks like Tustin City Hall is more interested in playing Ping Pong on the submission for recall process. The group will seek counsel from county officials and state officials, and legal remedies exist if this process is delayed.
It’s pretty clear from Amante’s performance at Monday night’s “emergecy” meeting where they was no emergency that support for a recall is growing. How many of those kids who spoke are getting ready to be registered voters?