Last week Jerome Stocks wrote a jaw dropping response to one of Audet's Coast News columns. For days afterward, the city was buzzing over the incredible positions that Jerome had taken. More than a few people figured Jerome's comments would seal the end to his personal political aspirations.
Audet responded in this week's Coast News, which has been out for a couple days now. So far, it is not on line and we will post that link as it comes up. Pick up a Coast News, but until then you can check out excerpts of Audet's column here:
[Stocks] failed to explain why the city only has $9M to build the park they said would cost $36M in 2008, or why the park that could have been built 2 years ago hasn’t.
Stocks wants us to believe the Hall Park can be used when it can’t. He wants us to believe the park costs $21 million dollars when he knows Encinitas will spend $46 million.
As he often does during council meetings Mr. Stocks ignored the facts, pointed fingers, cried foul, rewrote history and used ‘red herrings’ to cover up for failed leadership...The public can judge Mr. Stocks comments for themselves.
On the issue of Encinitas having a $46 million park we can’t use, Mr. Stocks ignored the facts saying that,"The Encinitas Commuity Park can and will be used, and the cost $21 million, not $46 million." He said the payments on the loan are not added to our property tax bill, but are a line time expense out of the general fund.
Financially, Mr. Stocks is ignoring the interest on the bonds used to pay for the park [as part of complicated scheme]. The city is obligated to pay about $1.4M in interest each year. He hopes we won’t notice. What he calls “a line item expense” is money no longer available to improve our roads, schools or parks. It is spent.
When the issue was his vote to increase pensions Mr. Stocks cried foul, pointed fingers and attempted to rewrite history saying, "Houlihan and Bond voted the same way on pension increases, why are they not credited?"
Ms. Houlihan is part of the council that was mentioned. Mr. Bond voted not to increase pensions. If Mr. Stocks is unhappy with the criticism of his voting record he should stop voting to increase pensions.
but is it not true. Bond had the honor to do the right thing, even if that meant voting a lone vote. Jerome does not want people to know that Bond warned him not to do it. That is why Jerome doesn't care about the size of his nose.
How can we expect to find solutions when leaders are clouding the dialogue over the problem with bullshit?