Lacy Kelly, chief executive officer of the Association of California Cities Orange County, returned my phone call from earlier in the day.
Dana Pape, Kelly's stepmom, asked, “I was wondering, city council, if you have children? You're not being very nice.” Later, Pape directed her attention right at the mayor and asked, “Did your mother teach you when you were a kid that if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all?” Finally, Pape spoke of her stepson, saying, “They beat the shit out of him.” “Yeah, Jesus was treated better,” screamed a man sitting in the packed council chambers.
Most of the councilmembers sat with solemn, tired faces; councilwoman Sharon Quirk-Silva broke down in tears during the public comment time.
“This is the funniest example of simultaneous cheap opportunism and baldfaced contempt of the public I have seen in quite a while. The fact that it is being held at a golf club is just icing on the cake.”