Alleged 'Threats' By Lake Elsinore City Council Member Prompt Statement

“This action … was necessitated by the overt threats made against the Chamber by a Lake Elsinore City Council member,” a Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce statement read.

Alleged “overt threats” by a Lake Elsinore City Council member to strip city funding for the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce have prompted a public statement.

A source, who asked to remain anonymous, alleges the threats have come from Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro Tem Daryl Hickman.

Calls to Hickman’s cell phone have not been returned.

According to the source, Hickman is targeting the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce and its Chairwoman Natasha Johnson due to her affiliation with the political action committee, A Better Lake Elsinore (ABLE). The group formed in direct response to the firing last month of Lake Elsinore City Manager Bob Brady. Hickman, along with council members Melissa Melendez and Peter Weber, cast the decisive votes.

ABLE targeted the three city council members during Brady's firing. But prior to the termination, Lake Elsinore resident Chris Hyland started the process to recall Hickman. She is adamant that ABLE and its members have not assisted her with the effort.

“I am doing this on my own,” Hyland has stated on numerous occasions.

The April 18 Chamber statement read, “Despite the apparent erroneous belief held by the Council member, ABLE is not a Chamber entity and is not a party to the ongoing attempt to recall Councilman Daryl Hickman.”

The Chamber maintains Johnson’s participation in ABLE is not a conflict of interest. For its part, ABLE asserts it assists "in positive growth for the City of Lake Elsinore," according to its website.

“Johnson emphasized that her political activity, just like the political activity of other Chamber members – from running for office, to donating to candidates, to serving on City commissions and committees – is absolutely and completely separate from Chamber activities,” the April 18 statement read. “The Chamber is dedicated to improving the business climate in Lake Elsinore and itself does not endorse candidates and strives at all times to remain as politically neutral as possible.”

Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce President Kim Cousins did not publicly speak for or against the city manager or the council members, and he distanced himself from the Johnson did make a stand with the group, but said she was not acting on behalf of the Chamber.

Still, the Chamber contends it and Johnson are being targeted.

“A Council member had recently stated on a number of occasions that they would end City funding for the Chamber unless Johnson were removed as Chairwoman of the Board and the Chamber reorganized,” according to the statement.

In a unanimous vote, on Aug. 23, 2011, the Lake Elsinore City Council approved an agreement between the city and the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce. Under the agreement, the Chamber provides services to the city such as promoting tourism and business, as well as general services. In return, the Chamber receives $85,000 paid in installments over the term of the contract that is set to expire June 30.

The April 18 statement from the Chamber comes one day after its board of directors voted 12-1 to reaffirm Johnson’s position with the organization.

“This action (the reaffirmation) … was necessitated by the overt threats made against the Chamber by a Lake Elsinore City Council member,” the Chamber statement read.

Diana April 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Welcome back uncle fester we missed you:)
Diana April 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Now that's funny, I don't care who you are :)
Tonto April 28, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Your all scaring the tourists away! Can't we all just get along? We need tourism. Really.
Diana April 28, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Funny how you keep associating me with the WRECK and drinking & drugs. Hmm, I did hear that the Wreck was the gathering spot for most Council members current and past including Magee and Buckley, where issues of the City were discussed in the public over cocktails, rumor has it that one of the Council members wives were even photographed dancing on the bar. I had no clue that the Wreck was so popular among our City officials or believe me I would of loved to have been there just to watch in the corner, however the place looks a bit trashed for me I prefer to do my drinking at the Wine Gardens in Temecula but thanks for putting me right in there with the elite of the City, I feel honored.
Diana April 28, 2012 at 01:49 AM
James you simpleness really does humor me :)
big aunt harry mary April 30, 2012 at 07:34 AM
hhmmmmmmmm... no answer huh... what a surprise....
big aunt harry mary April 30, 2012 at 07:39 AM
kinda harsh comment.... she is a pain in the keester at times you know.. if you do know c.h. , she can be quite a disturbance during a meeting and at times, not even close the subject....but she is on 'her side' all the time.. she likes to hear her voice on the big speakers... shes havin fun.... killin time and makin waves...
big aunt harry mary April 30, 2012 at 07:45 AM
if alongi was still in office, we would not be in the shape we're in now... believe it ! he was a good choice who unfortunately got caught up in a bad decision. no one is perfect. maybe if we got kelly, btinley and pape back in , we could live high on the entrails of left over horse's asses they were feeding us.....when you can do the job perfectly, let me know. i'de like to walk on water too but alas, im just me.. and im good with that... be careful, not to sink under the weight of your perfectness...
big aunt harry mary April 30, 2012 at 07:52 AM
ive watched this for 20 years...she should run for office--AGAIN!.. she didnt do well before.... i wonder why ? i hate to assume but, i think she spends too much time wasting time and trying to show all the issues of which seem to be dropped one after the other... time after time... im tellin you, she just likes to hear her voice on the p.a. system and watch recorded meeting an the old t-vo ... if she was as swift with her actions as she is to accuse, she'd be the mayor by now...
big aunt harry mary April 30, 2012 at 07:53 AM
i thought ide make an entrance by poking fun at the inept... it worked !!
big aunt harry mary April 30, 2012 at 07:55 AM
i am a tourist ! i just decided to stay--22 years ago.... now im here, i like it here, and this b/s just makes me laugh... sooo many concerned and yet not a one does a damn thing but complain...you gotta admit, it is amusing..
big aunt harry mary April 30, 2012 at 07:56 AM
im blind !!!!!
jill smith May 01, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I like Uncle Fester not only is he funny he makes sense.
One Voice May 01, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Really, what are you the Patch Police, you attack everyone that comes on here even when it isn't directed at you, why don't you do us all a favor and go find some nice little chat room somewhere maybe they will appreciate your stupid, meaningless comments.
big aunt harry mary May 01, 2012 at 01:59 AM
thank you jill.. keep things simple and people will eventually understand the real deal around here.. i dont think he's ever gonna get it...ol "jc" seems to be more than happy to badger others, call them names and make stupid comments other than doing anything constructive or--actually going out and doing something to make a difference in or about the issue he bitches about.. just like a troll, hide under the stairs and throw rocks...and he has bad aim to boot !!
big aunt harry mary May 01, 2012 at 02:03 AM
i could be all the above... but sadly , im not... vince does amuse me to no end and he seems to be able keeps things on the truthful level.. you on the other hand, are not so lucky... but you keep trying.. eventually, you'll dry up and blow away like a turd on the lawn... .
Diana May 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Good job :)
big aunt harry mary May 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
i love this armpit... if you dont, you should move...pretty simple fix dont you think ? no one wants you to be uncomfortable....so please, insted of wasting your valuable time whining on here, pack your bag, tie it to your stick, and hit the road.... dont forget to grab your beer and "cheese-its"...
big aunt harry mary May 01, 2012 at 02:15 AM
oh good.. i wont read those anymore... i was wondering how anyone could flip flop so much... i thought it might have been crabs....
big aunt harry mary May 01, 2012 at 02:18 AM
im thinkin ol "jc" more along the lines of a "rent-a-cop".... couldnt cut it in the real world so he's here trying to make a statement... nice badge... did it come with the lone ranger cap gun too.. ? now get out from under that horse. they dont give milk.... well in your case, they might.....
big aunt harry mary May 06, 2012 at 06:43 AM
like in the 70's-- "if its brown, FLUSH IT !"
big aunt harry mary May 06, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I DO VOTE.... and now im going to do it just to make things more difficult... happy now ? and none of the above you've mentioned.. although, some of the names you used are people who DO have something worth-while to say where as you, dont say much of anything worth wasting my time on... you are amusing though.. all that chatter..like a monkey reaching for a bruised banana... and falling out of your little tree.... well. ive had fun . thanks for that ! maybe later, we can have a battle of wits... but, you're unarmed...... ( i'll wait 'till you find some ).. have a nice day.
big aunt harry mary May 06, 2012 at 06:53 AM
ooooh !!!! i like fuzzy.......
Diana May 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Oh but Uncle Fester can vote James, now you're back to posting under Lake Elsinore Resident, good try, if you are going to change names all the time to post under you might want to change the verbage in your postings, it's easy to see who it is that is posting just by your words......duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!
big aunt harry mary May 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM
hey asshole... be careful who youre calling names.. youre not that hard to find and your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash.. go play with someone else before you step in something you cant get out of. i told you before, i am "not that guy".. i will not play with you so dont press your luck.
big aunt harry mary May 10, 2012 at 06:07 AM
if there was a scarecrow there, you must have been the cowardly lion...or is it just the coward ? yea we'll go with coward...
Steve May 16, 2012 at 02:30 AM
man u are lame LER he was talking to you dumb ass
big aunt harry mary May 29, 2012 at 05:22 AM
too stupid to pay attention but he has all the time in the world to cry about stuff he will never do anything about.. idle chatter, useless comments and name calling.. this is what elsinore is all about --according to him.. i vote for what i feel is right. and if i dont like it, i dont vote for it.. if i was talking to myself, WHY DO YOU KEEP REPLYING.. oh wait.....youre an idiot and just want us to know it....i got it.. thanks for clarifying that. im sure others will be happy to see that youve proved it..
Diana August 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Does anyone know what is going on with the recall of Hickman?
big aunt harry mary September 05, 2012 at 09:30 AM
maybe his phone was disconnected...? try "re-calling" him later !!!! hahahah i made a funny ! im so proud of me... i should write children's books.. but only AFTER i vote... i would hate to disappoint my loyal fans.. im off to wash my arm pits and sell more crack. maybe i'll find time to open a coffee house so all the whiners can have a nice place to bitch about things they will NEVER DO ANYTHING ABOUT... i love morons. they're amusing and predictable. like watching grass grow or listening to paint dry.... their bitter little lives with nothing to do but complain, squawk , whine and blame others for things they will never have the brains to fix or, be able to change. life is good. please continue to speak your mind before it melts into your underwear and matches the stain that im sure is already there. at least at that point it might be somewhat filtered before it sprays out like a hole in an outhouse...


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