Encinitas City Council is ‘Must See TV’

Another episode of “The Real Council Members of Encinitas” played out at city hall last week. In true reality TV fashion, scripted accusations were hurled, back biting cast members confronted co-workers and self-serving alliances were on display.
Playing the role of a “Desperate Council Member” Kristin Gaspar laid in wait to ambush council member Teresa Barth. After the gavel had fallen ending the meeting, Gaspar attacked Barth over a supposed talk Barth had with city staff. Lacking civility, Gaspar violated procedures. Lacking leadership, Mayor Bond let her. The entire spectacle was a ruse to give the council super-majority cover, leading up to the appointment of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in next week’s episode. They hoped to make Barth look bad but instead they looked foolish.
Gaspar has reason to be desperate. The public is finding out Gaspar the council member is not Gaspar the candidate. She’s on the wrong side of many votes. While Barth has mostly delivered on her campaign promise of “trust and transparency,” Gaspar has failed to measure up to her empty campaign rhetoric.
As a candidate, Gaspar claimed to be a CFO despite having no financial degree. She wanted us to believe she was fiscally conservative. It turns out she can’t read a contract and is a fiscal spendthrift. As a council member she ignored a signed contract and voted with Bond and Stocks to extend ex-city manager Phil Cotton’s monthly contract, costing taxpayers $45,000. Barth wanted to terminate Cotton’s contract when it was learned he received an extra paycheck.
As a candidate, Gaspar wanted us to believe she supported family values. Encinitas families want leaders to follow city codes of conduct. It turns out Gaspar prefers people who violate them. Residents asked the council to appoint one of 12 applicants who had not violated conduct codes. Gaspar, along with Bond and Stocks, ignored residents and appointed the only applicant who violated city ethics codes, Mark Muir, who just happened to be their campaign supporter. Barth voted for an applicant who did not violate policy.
Gaspar the candidate told the public she would bring transparency to City Hall. As a council member, Gaspar went into a “closed meeting,” voting with Bond and Stocks to waste taxpayer money on a lawsuit to keep the public from seeing a road report costing some $90,000.
Barth suggested an open meeting.
As a candidate, Gaspar pledged to “focus my efforts on the needs of our city instead of disparaging the personal character of those whom I might not agree with.”
As a council member, Gaspar is focusing on the needs of her friends and disparaging the co-worker she disagrees with.
In next week’s episode of “The Real Council Members of Encinitas”: Appoint a mayor and deputy mayor.
Based on Barth’s voting record, as the only council member who is a pro-business fiscal conservative with strong family values and a belief in open government, she is a logical choice.
However this is “Cronyville,” where violators of policy are promoted and candidates are not who they say they are.
2012 is an election year and a Stocks-Muir appointment benefits them for the election.
A Stocks-Gaspar appointment benefits Stocks and SANDAG just ahead of the vote to up-zone Encinitas.
You can catch North County’s newest reality TV show next Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. on Channel 19. It is must see TV, bring your banana’s.

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  1. Open Encinitas says:

    Andrew: you nailed it! Well done, indeed! Thank you.

  2. Stephen Keyes says:

    Andrew, your writing about this Encinitas City Council majority of Stocks, Bond, Gaspar is important. Keep up the great work: what you’re doing is important! These elected officials serve their largest constituency with supreme arrogance. So much fracturing of the community. The most divisive city council that has ever sat. It is astounding, really. It is disturbing, truly.
    The unwise, and ungracious quote of George Bush, upon winning his second term by the slimmest of margins, comes to mind — that he had earned his political capital, and now he intended to spend it. There is little wisdom, or kindness in this group.
    Another quote comes to mind about this Encinitas City Council majority, this one from either H. L. Mencken or Groucho Marx, I forget: "Time wounds all heels."
    Encinitas is a changing city. The next few years will reflect that, I am confident.

  3. Cullen Jenkins says:

    In reality, Andrew; Gaspar could beat you in chess, outrun you in a 100 yard dash, outscore you in an SAT and whip your ass in arm-wrestling. You are such a pretender. What, did you have a breakfast of lead paint chips every morning of your childhood? You are putting your money on someone that is as incapable of leadership as you are incapable of meaningful analysis. You’re Jethro. Barth isn’t trusted, period.

  4. anonymous says:

    Kristin Gaspar doesn’t know how to play chess. She would trip and fall in her spike heels in a 100-yard dash. She is so anorectically thin that she couldn’t beat anyone in arm wrestling. The winner by a huge margin is Andrew Audet.

  5. So True says:

    Hit the nail on the head! Gaspar proved last week that she will do anything she is asked to do. The super majority are absolutely arrogant and rude to the public (unless of course you are looking for a favor and you’re a friend)
    Mr. Audet got it SOOO right. I’m sure Jerome Stocks is typing away his rude and usually ridiculous response.

  6. Trusted says:

    Council Member Barth is the ONLY one of the council members I do trust. Are you kidding me? Now that’s comedy to say she is untrustworthy. You have clearly not been to, or watched a meeting!
    If this was a school yard the other 4 would have been sent to the office and their parents called to pick them up – FOR BULLYING!

  7. Thank you! says:

    Mr. Audet,
    Keep up the great work! We need the light shed on Gaspar. Hold her accountable. She’s a sham!

  8. unejanie says:

    so, how do we get a system in place to hold our city council members accountable for their unethical behavior? How have they been getting away with doing whatever they want with no regard for the residents of encinitas? there has to be something in place to keep them in check.
    great and enlightening article!

  9. Audet is a genius says:

    What a brilliant guy Audet is to make such a seamless transition from running Barth’s campaign to writer for the Coast News. He actually convinced a few people on this blog that he and Teresa are for open government! He almost convinced people them that Teresa can get along with others and actually accomplish something. Unfortunately anyone who checks the facts knows that the partisan Audet never gets it right with the bully pulpit that the Coast News had granted him. For example, he always brings up the fact that Phil Cotton received the 13th check, but NEVER mentions that Maggie, Teresa, Jerome, and Jim also took it. And Teresa a fiscal conservative? How can that be? She and her supporters pushed for a 1.2 million dollar repeat EIR plan on the Hall Park because they saw an opening when minor adjustments were made to the park plan. What is ironic is that the adjustments obviously reduced the park’s impact on the environment. Maggie knew that and that is probably why she she voted with the other 3 (opposite of Teresa). A fiscal conservative does not favor spending the city’s money on frivolous EIRs and witch hunts.
    Nice try Audet and Coast News, but most people would see the National Enquirer as a more worthwhile read.

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