I can argue that Andreen has played the role of political hitman and a lot of people in Encinitas are scared to say anything in public that would catch his glare. That doesn't mean he can't make a good point. It is because he can (even if unfounded) that people are afraid.
I told Mike that if he responded to my inquiry about the chamber that I'd post it in full. It wasn't clear to me what he expected to be posted and what was background for me. I asked him to clarify and he said the whole thing could go up, so here it is. My comments are in italics.
As a quick preface; I am, was and will always be a 1099 Independent
Contractor in my work on behalf of the Encinitas North Coast Chamber
Unfortunately, the old Chamber did not do as it committed on video
April 15, 2009 before the City Council. President ken Gross stated
clearly that the old Chamber has,"somebody to do an audit, in May
(2009) the only hold up has been that it is tax time."
Six months and one day later, Mr. Gross submitted a decidely
unindependent report that the CPA Colleen Walsh admits several times
in the cover letter is not an audit, nor analysis of 'how' the old
Chamber expended $91,000 in public monies operating the 'Visitor
Center' on behalf of the City of Encinitas in 2008.
There should be an independent and fully open audit run by the city or other agency. It would be interesting to see if the city, Andreen and the Chamber would all agree to make that an open process from start to finish.
Instead, they delivered a white-wash with absolutely no documentation
of the serious allegations Mr. Gross has made against myself, a 1099
with no access whatsover to finances, and former CEO Gary Tucker who
joined the old Chamber as the CEO in February 2007 when Mr. Gross, as
Treasurer for 2006, and President Dr. Michael Klein had to explain to
the board how the staff that they were responsible for overseeing had
driven the old chamber $47,000 into the red AND had not billed any
members for dues for nearly 6 months.
Gary Tucker was hired, after being away out-of-town for over a year,
to try and save the chamber.
Now, the old Chamber led by five executive board members and a CEO who
do not live in Encinitas, have submitted a report to the City that I
do not believe fulfills the legal requirements of the action taken by
the Encinitas City Council on 4-15-09.
I have formally called upon the City of Encinitas to reject
this...report; and require the old Chamber to have a real and
independent audit executed and submitted before receiving one more
penny of public money.
I don't recall Mike saying this sort of thing when he and Tucker were still at the Chamber?
Again, I am a 1099, and should never have appeared as a focus of an
'audit' of public monies expended in operating the visitor center in
2008. The allegations made against me are patently untrue and I can
Why wasn't a truly independent audit done in 60 days by the old
Chamber and submitted to the City? Ask Mr. Gross and Mr. Weinreb.
Hopefully, they know.
As reported by the NCTimes, the city changed direction all of a sudden. They are now going to look at the issue in closed session out of the public's view. I would love to see that question addressed during a council meeting.
Kevin, you assured me last month when you contacted me that you would
run my reply in full. I hope you will.
I am going to promote that we in Encinitas go to the San Diego County
Civil Grand Jury to ask for an investigation of ALL of the non-profits
that the City of Encinitas has given literally millions of dollars to
in the past 15 years, with little in oversight, nor auditing
The GJ might be the only entity that could bring a closure to this drama.
I am not afraid to see an independent true audit of the old Chambers
financials; but why is the Chamber alone in being required to execute
an audit? Shouldn't DEMA, Leucadia MainStreet 101, Cardiff MainStreet
and the million-dollar giveaway Encinitas preservation likewise be
required quarterly audits like Oceanside was just required to do after
a Grand Jury investigation? Is the 101 Czar accountable to the public
I believe they should, and I hope the city council and city staff agree with me.
Mike might be trying to muddy the waters or warn people with his suggestion that all the nonprofits could become subject to more oversight. There are a lot of community boosters who have some ties to these groups. A lot of those boosters have ties to council peeps. Whatever his motivation, I agree with what Mike writes.
Democratic workings are at risk when the active portion of the community become afraid to stand up for good governement or call foul on bad behavior. There are a lot of people out there who think Dalager should not be in charge of a $100 million dollar budget but are afraid that not supporting him and speaking out will result in the end to special favors or the wrath of political hitmen.