During the last campaign season Bob Leone ran as a candidate for a town council seat in Yucca Valley….and lost. Now he’s running again for another open seat, but this time I can no longer sit back and let Margo and company tell this community that Bob has the “experience” needed for the job.
FACT: Bob recently announced to a large crowd that the only reason he ran for the council seat last fall was to oppose Measure U.
FACT: It is illegal to run as a “Controlled Committee” when the purpose of running is to support or oppose a ballot measure.
1. He served on the council for so long that he thought the laws shouldn’t apply to him.
2. He never knew the laws (not really the “experience” I want on the council, but thanks Margo).
3. He doesn’t remember the laws (again, what good is his “experience” if he can’t remember?).
With all of his “experience” one would think he would know better. Did he just forget? Does he not have integrity? Come on, with 12 years on the council he should know! I know he sat through the same ethics classes as I had to, so he knows well and good he broke the law. As a side note, I have asked the FPPC to take formal action against him for breaking the law by violating the Political Reform Act. I hate politics without integrity. If it is senility that has caused him to “forget” the rules then, he is not fit to serve.
During his fall campaign he was telling people that the council and staff were all corrupt. How would one expect to work on a day-to-day basis with these same people? One of the lies he was telling was that former Mayor Rowe had forged his signature on an endorsement card. He must have a high opinion of himself to think one would want his endorsement that bad. Mayor Rowe sent him a letter asking him to stop telling people that she had allegedly forged his endorsement card, since she was still in possession of the actual card he had signed. He didn’t stop, so I asked Mayor Rowe to accompany me to a meeting to show him this card and put an end to this lie. We showed the card to him, but he still maintained he did not sign it. I told him at that time he had no integrity, at which point he said that he just “didn’t remember” signing the card and his law enforcement background would not “let him lie”. Then he said that the only way he’d ever believe he had really signed it was for me to send it to a handwriting analysis company to verify his signature. When I agreed, he started back peddling saying he would just drop the issue and would stop telling people Mayor Rowe was a forger. I took him up on his offer because I hate people who have no integrity. Here is a copy of the certificate from the analysis company to prove he did, without any doubt, sign her endorsement card (insert link to certificate). Did he really just forget he signed it? Did he lie? Either way, he is not fit to serve.
This past fall I listened to Bob preach that he had served for TWELVE YEARS. Great, thanks Bob. Now let me get this straight…after 12 years with him at the helm, what shape is the town in? Did he do such a great job that he should serve another term? Do you think that the roads, flood control and other infrastructure are in good shape here? How about the sewer system? He was told that we were going to need it soon, but what did he do to position the town for this need?
If you think that we are in great shape with these issues then you should vote for him to serve again. If you think that we need some help, then maybe someone else should get a shot. We don’t need his type of “experience”, forgetfulness, nor lack of integrity.
Yucca Valley, let’s move forward, not backward.