Murillo is an Excellent Mayor
By William Smithers
Recent Op-Eds here have become a garbage dump for those who didn't vote for Cathy Murillo for mayor or at any other time.
In her initial council candidacy, Ms. Murillo garnered more votes than any other candidate but one, astonishing the city's politicos as to her popularity.
Following the mandate for district elections here, Ms. Murillo achieved one of the highest percentages of votes in the relevant campaigns, with her district citizens turning out by more than the average district campaign.
Among the most ignorant of her critics are those claiming illegitimacy because she did not receive a plurality in the mayoralty election; anyone who has a basic grasp of the English language knows her win was by plurality.
Traditionally, our mayor serves as the city's representative on the SB County Association of Governments. Helene Schneider appropriately held this post; Ms. Murillo quite reasonably wishes to do the same.
An initial council vote instead granted the post to council member Jason Dominguez. But a recent re-vote awarded the post in traditional fashion to Ms. Murillo. Council member Randy Rouse reconsidered, recognizing that in our current district election mode, the post should be held by someone elected by the community at large. (Non-mayors in the past who have held this post were elected at large.)
Mr. Dominguez started a food fight and lost. Those who believe governing bodies should not be subject to heated differences hope for what never was and never will be.
Sorry if you lost. It'll happen again.