(April 15, 2004) -- LBReport.com posts here our first-ever audio editorial. It's time consuming for us, but we believe it is called for here.
The April 15 Press-Telegram says Terry Jensen, who despite the PT's endorsement and other establishment boosters finished third against 8th district Council incumbent Rob Webb, is mulling whom he'll support, if anyone, in the June runoff.
Mr. Jensen expressed no such hesitancy just weeks ago in two separate public forums: regardless of whether voters choose him or grassroots activist Rae Gabelich, incumbent Webb had to go, he told voters in words you can hear for yourself below.
Of course, that was when he was running for office.
We don't know what Mr. Jensen will do, but we do know he's no dope. He knows or should know that some at City Hall will do anything to maintain their power. To them, his good word is expendable.
The PT also advised, "Airport issues rocketed to the forefront in district politics in 2001, when JetBlue began using Long Beach as its hub..."
No. JetBlue didn't just begin "using" LB. The PT's April 15 report neglects to mention the notorious May 2001 City Council vote that changed city law on allocating LB's noise budgeted Airport flight slots. That Council proceeding hid from the public the real reason for the vote: effectively to invite JetBlue to (borrowing the PT's appropriate verb) "use" LB.
Incumbent Webb first sided with now-outgoing incumbent Councilman Carroll on a substitute motion to delay the vote for a couple of weeks (lost, 3-6)...and then Webb switched sides and went along with the reckless change (8-1 Carroll dissenting). In our opinion, that ignominious vote broke faith with the public.
Mr. Jensen's campaign suggested he could rebuild trust between the public and City Hall. If he backs the incumbent after what you will hear him say below, we believe he will be doing the opposite. The public has shown it is in no mood for rubber words.
Audio below is MP3 format, which should play on most computers. Click on the hyperlink to launch the audio: