Maggie was once huge fan of the Leucadia Blog. Huge.
Somewhere she began voting for personal expediency over substance, which is a tough route to take if you don't like to be questioned (she did vote for Prop A and Prop C, which got crushed by her own supporters, which is weird). This is the blog post that changed the future of Encinitas. Ever since then, it has come across that it didn't matter if Maggie had to toss her principles out the window to vote against anyone that had been critical.
Two days ago, the council voted to try to keep the documents secret and appeal the Cummins case. Mayor Bond said there was the biggest crowd ever to speak before a closed door session. It was reported that crowd included the press and former Houlihan supporters. These former Houlihan supporters were all asking for open government.
Only Barth voted to end the struggle against transparency. Houlihan, Stocks, Gaspar, and Bond voted to appeal and drag this thing on. It is a secret on what legal grounds the council decided to appeal. It is rumored that the city's bill is up to $60k and Cummins' bill is up to $30k (don't forget that Cummins attempted to avoid this lawsuit).
It can't be that she wants clarification on what documents are legal to withhold, because just two years ago she VOTED AGAINST a sunshine ordinance process that would have allowed HER to set a bright-line on what documents could be withheld, and a process for adjudicating citizen protests without going to court. Why would should vote against open government multiple times?
It is rumored that Maggie voted to waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to drain Kevin's bank account and cause him to fold. Is that more plausible than Maggie is really against open government? Is it more plausible than Maggie really is under the influence of key staff people like Sabine? Is it more plausible that she doesn't understand what she is doing?