Project + Recording = Controversy
Posted by Allen Wilson on May 30, 2013
The cities of Cypress and Los Alamitos are in a cat fight over a 33-acre Prologis Project to construct 725,000 square foot warehousing and light manufacturing center.
Earlier this month a meeting was held at a venue between Cypress Councilman Doug Bailey, Los Alamitos Mayor Warren Kusumoto, Assemblyman Travis Allen and Allen’s Chief of Staff.
The initial purpose was to hammer out differences with regards to the Prologis Project between the two cities, but those differences took a ugly turn of allegations by Councilman Bailey that Mayor Kusumoto illegally recorded a conversation.
The Event News reports of much detailed accounts of the allegations made by Councilman Bailey.
The Controversy does not end there as a glossy flyer was disseminated through out the City of Los Alamitos with an Anti-Kusumoto hit piece from an anonymous group that calls themselves “Concerned Los Alamitos Residents”.
Los Alamitos Mayor Kusumoto disputes the claim of an illegal recording.
The Cypress City Council has sent a letter to the Los Alamitos City Council registering their concerns as they have no confidence in Mayor Kusumoto, which is a serious matter as Kusumoto’s integrity is being questioned by many inside and outside of Los Alamitos.
Though, the question needs to be raised with regards to the controversial project that cause spat between two neighboring cities: Why is Assemblyman Allen in the midst of all of this?
Assemblyman Allen says, “We’re trying to get both sides to come together and talk. I think the two communities need to come together and work together for the betterment of both communities.”
Assemblyman Allen has voiced his support on a project that is NOT even in his district, though he is on a “create jobs” mission.
Ironically, the project is in Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s district, which she appears to be MIA.
The recording incident is one thing, but the matter reeks corruption as backroom deals diminishes public trust of their own local government, especially when you have a state legislator sitting at the table that only raises eyebrows.
It is with hope that the controversy to be resolved soon so that the residents of Cypress and Los Alamitos get the answers that they deserve.