Mayor Quirk-Silva Addresses the Kelly Thomas Hearing


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Quirk-Silva letter

I’m sure that for some people this will not be enough — there’s no condemnation of other Councilmembers here, no howl to slake a thirst for blood and vengeance.  There’s just human sympathy and understanding; noting the (quite appropriate) steps she took in the immediate wake of the tragedy; laying out various other constructive steps that she has taken in the months since (working within the system and with some people, like Dan Hughes, that critics would like to see removed — but who are still in place and will either help improve the situation or let it become worse); recognizing a balance of interests and respect for the work of the judicial system; and implicitly expressing a trust for voters to make up their own minds about what they think should happen next, now having at hand some of the stark and startling evidence that has previously been kept confidential pending this week’s preliminary hearing.

Some people will find this wanting in all sorts of ways.  As someone who does believe in the ability of a well-managed government to work through even such a horrible tragedy, this simply strikes me as good and decent leadership.  Maybe Mayor Quirk-Silva could have better capitalized on the situation by politicizing it, but she didn’t — and now people can decide what they think about that.

I think that she’s one of the politicians in the area who knows how to govern humanely and well.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)