SBCAG Appointment Leads to Lawsuit Threats
By Jayne Marcus
The drama continues with the City of Santa Barbara, its City Councilmembers, and the fight over the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) seat between Cathy Murillo and Jason Dominguez.
As many other edhat readers have written, Dominguez was appointed to the SBCAG seat about a month ago by the City Council. Earlier this month, the same council revoked his seat and placed Murillo in its place, which is a tradition for seated mayors as they are the only elected officials to be part of the very influential and politically charged group. Obviously, this has caused controversy on both sides of the aisle.
But now, it's being reported that a lawyer is threatening to sue the City over this decision. Attorney John Thyne is firmly asking the city to reconsider its removal of Councilman Dominguez and revert back to the January 9th decision where he was appointed. Thyne has not identified his client, although I'm sure we can all guess who it is.
So, because someone doesn't like the outcome of a legal and binding vote, they're now going to threaten to sue the City? It's akin to not being chosen to play kickball and then tattle-telling for the teacher to take the ball away. Dominguez was out-voted, plain and simple. Was it ethical? Who knows, is anything in politics really ethical? It wasn't illegal, and he has every right to fight the decision, but please do not use a lawyer that will negatively affect our already hurting economy.
We don't need any more of our taxpayer dollars going to fight this petty issue. Get over it Jason Dominguez, and move on. We have a community to rebuild.