An open letter to Dene Bustichi, Donna Lind, and Randy Johnson,
First, I want to thank you for an extraordinary experience and thank you for your service -- past, present and in the future.
We have all known each other for a long while, whether it be through fundraisers, chamber of commerce, or charity events. All who participated in this past City Council election ran their campaigns in their best interest and to advance their cause, as it should be.
However, it does no good for our community to continue to say there were “dirty politics” and “outside influences” during this campaign season.
From my upfront and personal seat, the only outside influences I saw was the Political Action Committee by Councilman Jim Reed funded by all outside influences supporting your campaigns.
This is not a condemnation. As a political wonk, I understand it, and frankly had to smile when I saw the ads thinking to myself, “Wow, big -ime politics has reached my small home town.”
As to dirty politics, that is a cliche. There are no dirty politics, there are only truths and untruths and unfortunately we all have some painful truths.
However, we are all adults and responsible for our own actions, which at some point or another, have consequences. There is not one among us who has not felt that personal pain at some point of our lives, and have paid dearly for it.
Donna and Randy, I have already read some derogatory comments on Facebook about the new person on the council, Jack Dilles.
That is unacceptable to me as a citizen of this community.
I would hope that you as my councilpersons, representing me, will welcome Jack Dilles to our Scotts Valley City Council with open arms and heart, allowing his constituents to be fully represented.
I believe that after all our city has endured this past campaign season we can start anew, refreshed, and ready to tackle the challenges that are ahead.
I looked forward to the New Year with our new council and wish them Godspeed,
-- Rosanna Herrera