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The Elizabeth Riel Affair

I believe Elizabeth's prior political activity in Santa Monica would have had no bearing on whether she would perform her duties for the City Manager and our residents. Quite obviously, political pressure was applied by the Mayor to the City Manager because Elizabeth had opposed Pam O'Connor 8 years ago.

In this town of political and social activism the only yardstick should have been her fitness for the job advertised, not to whom she had donated. Our Mayor is from Chicago but she should know that is not acceptable behavior for Santa Monica politics. Along with the taking of donations to retire her previous campaign debt from the Hines Company Ms O'Connor is not setting the bar very high.

I firmly believe that this hiring/firing of Elizabeth Riel (whom I have never met) is a travesty for the City Manager and the Mayor. We must do better.
 


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