Councilman Kurt Brinkman Accuses Colleague of Blackmail
Either that or your colleague, Councilman Kurt Brinkman is a retrograde buffoon making capricious accusations.
It's getting bad on the Emeryville City Council.
We haven't seen collegiality dip this low on the Council since the days of Councilman Ken Bukowski.
We report, you decide.
For her part, Ms West seemed baffled by the accusation from her colleague. Afterwards she told the Tattler, "I'm trying to improve ECCL so we can be proud of it and to show how much we support bikes and pedestrians."
Where Kurt Brinkman levels the charge blackmail, some more reasonable people might call Ms West's action with regard to the ECCL bike/ped path as an entirely proper negotiation with her colleagues to fund something she finds valuable.
|"The Tattler is Fox News. The Tattler lied|
when it reported I have voted to tear
down buildings in Emeryville"
He took pains to explain he never reads the Tattler but when he happened to read the May 22nd story condemning him for being part of the City Council majority responsible for demolishing old buildings in town, he was outraged. He told the E'Ville Eye he hasn't ever voted to tear down any old buildings in Emeryville. He held up his own home built in 1910 as proof; instead of tearing it down, "I restored it" he said.
Left unmentioned was his 2011 vote to tear down the City Hall defined "architecturally significant" turn of the century brick Golden Gate Key Building on San Pablo Avenue. Or another early twentieth century brick building deemed architecturally and historically significant by City Hall at 3900 Adeline Street, now slated for demolition after Kurt voted to move forward with the wrecking ball last year.
|3706 San Pablo Avenue|
The site of the "architecturally significant"
former Golden Gate Key Building, circa 1915
"Well. I...uh...um...I don't like to tear down...
um...what I mean to say is...um...uh"- Kurt Brinkman
But after Tuesday's performance and after Mr Brinkman deviously shut down a democratic citizen's grass roots ballot initiative meant to allow Emeryville voters to decide for themselves about removing the City's infamous Business Tax Cap in 2011, and reported by the Tattler, we have to ask, who's the real Rush Limbaugh here?