UPDATE: Protesters Rally For Lake Elsinore City Manager

In a 3-2 vote, the city manager was terminated Tuesday night.

3/13 UPDATE: Lake Elsinore City Manager Bob Brady was terminated in a 3-2 city council vote Tuesday night. Mayor Brian Tisdale and Councilman Bob Magee voted against the termination; Mayor Pro Tem Daryl Hickman, along with council members Melissa Melendez and Peter Weber, voted to terminate.

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ORIGINAL POST: Tonight’s Lake Elsinore City Council meeting is expected to be one for the history books.

“Hundreds” are expected to protest against city council members Daryl Hickman, Melissa Melendez and Peter Weber, and word of a recall will surely be mentioned.

A group calling itself “A Better Lake Elsinore” put out a press release Monday that read, “Hundreds of Lake Elsinore residents will come together at the city Cultural Center on Main Street Tuesday to demand substantial, systematic, and significant change in Lake Elsinore’s government, including calling for the removal of three councilmembers.”

The rally will begin at 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 183 N. Main Street, prior to the regularly scheduled 5 p.m. council meeting, according to the press release. 

“ABLE, whose members include dozens of local business leaders and community activists, was formed – and the rally scheduled – in response to the egregious action taken by a bare majority of the city council last Wednesday night,” the press release stated.

On March 7, a special city council meeting was held to discuss the annual performance evaluation of Bob Brady, who has served as the Lake Elsinore City Manager since 2005. After a majority of public commenters spoke positively of Brady’s service during the March 7 meeting, city council members met in closed session. When they emerged approximately 45 minutes later, City Attorney Barbara Leibold told the audience Brady's evaluation was being continued to March 13 and the city manager would be on administrative leave until that time.

to read more about the March 7 meeting.

The Lake Elsinore City Council has seen divide in recent weeks, with council members Daryl Hickman, Melissa Melendez, and Peter Weber seeming to take a stand against Brady, while Mayor Brian Tisdale and Councilman Bob Magee have shown support for the city manager.

“Hickman, Weber and Melendez have put their own political aspirations and dodgy schemes ahead of doing what’s right for the city and we simply will not tolerate it anymore,” said Harvey Ryan, a member of ABLE and a local business owner who also serves as board president of the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. “To be blunt, we are extremely angry about this and a whole host of other questionable actions these three have taken recently.”

Major March 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Be sure to bring your Photo ID,if you have one, and dress nicely for your "Persons Of Interest" photos ; /
Roberto March 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Yes comrade, wasn't it nice before we lost all civil liberties?
john March 13, 2012 at 05:10 PM
If you have one! In LE, I'd say 1/2 the population doesn't!
john March 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
All politicians look out for their future political career 1st. See that everywhere. What is something specific?
Rick O'Neal March 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I want to make some money off the protest. I want to sell "councilman on a stick" dolls.
Sheryl Ade March 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Brady, now a political activist, apparently spent his time on paid administrative leave walking the streets of downtown Elsinore (with the Mayor in tow) lobbying business owners to show up to protest tonight. Hardly seems behavior appropriate for city manager (or the mayor).
Katheryn March 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/lake-elsinore/lake-elsinore-headlines-index/20120312-lake-elsinore-city-manager-volunteered-to-take-paid-leave.ece Update on the Press Enterprise regarding Bradys leave
Hawkeye March 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Recall them! Couldn't believe Queen Melindez said it was "absurd" they had to study if animals came back to hole they dug to "borrow" dirt for new marina. The hole was in a Wildlife Refuge. I don't know how they got away with that one. Her comment was absurd. And Magee, who also thought it was ridiculous, got in a shot at Governor Brown trying to blame him.
Brad March 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I thought the City said he was definitely NOT on PAID LEAVE? Why is the Council paying him to lobby against them? I don't get it.
Katheryn March 13, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Hi Brad: The C.M. took 5 days vacation and he hasn't been walking around the City with the Mayor. Hope to see you at the silent demonstration tonight. You won't know who I am but I will recognize you by your picture, if that's really you.
Brad March 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Thanks for clearing that up Katheryn... I was a bit confused.
Anon March 13, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I would rather protest in front of EXXON for lower gas prices myself. Give me a real cause!
eightofus March 13, 2012 at 08:59 PM
What ever side the board president of Lake Elsinore Municipal Water District is on- consider me on the opposite. EVMWD is as thick as thieves, full of corruption and there is NOTHING we can do about it. If ABLE really wants change, they need to pick their battle with EVMWD because they effect EVERY person who lives in LE!!
Roberto March 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
A.G. You would do better to protest against our anti-business socialist president.
Popeye March 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM
This is what happens when a bunch of Tea Baggers runs the show...
Surf Dad March 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I guess I'll do bobble heads since you took my idea!
julian March 14, 2012 at 01:46 AM
It's a free market - isn't that what you republicans want? What's wrong with a multinational corporation cornering the market on a commodity we all depend on (I was being sarcastic - of course this is a problem and is exactly why we need government regulations and intervention sometimes!)
Roberto March 14, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Now that Brady is out the focus is the recall. It appears Hickman, Melendez and Weber colluded and sealed their political fate. The underlying issue was the two Tuscanites disliked and could not get along with Bob. Melendez thinks she's going to get a city manager for 135,000 thousand dollars a year with Bob Brady's experience. Weber believes the city givernment should be run like the Military. (anybody own a 10,000 dollar hammer?) Hickman the dumbest one of all doesn't know there are already shrimp farms in enclosures in the middle of the desert. He wants to farm shrimp n Lak Elsinore. Brady's contract will be bought out, accrued sick leave day paid, two years salary and we will still see litigation which could send the price of firing Brady into the millions. Brady on the other hand, cut his teeth in Lake Elsinore, will move to an area that needs a 200,000 a year City Manager and take his vast experience with him. Lake Elsinore? Good luck finding even a corrupt City Manager for 135,000 dollars unless he already lives in Tuscany Hills, Already works for the city. This is called penny wise and pound foolish. It's obvious that Hickman and Melendez don't understand business and Weber has a political agenda that isn't in the interest of Lake Elsinore Citizens. Nothing fiscally conservative about throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Connie March 14, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Thank you, Councilmembers Melendez,Hickman, and Weber! You are heros to the thousands that stand with you! You are brave, honest, fair, and responsible with the folks money! Good will always triumph over evil!


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