■ Chronicle News Staff

The following comments were attached to a video of the special Hemet City Council meeting that occurred last Tuesday, regarding the termination of City Manager Allen Parker. Members of the public were live on the Hemet Eye News Facebook page, where the video was live-streamed, on Mar. 19.

Video caption:
Hidden city council meeting at the sister city board room located at 445 East Florida Avenue in Hemet (part 1).

Krys Maiden
So, the question of the day: why did they feel that they needed to do a secret hidden meeting and not let the public know about it? It seems a little sketchy and shady, what are they hiding and why?

Michelle Romero
Yeah, except not very hidden. There’s like 30 people in there. LOL

Rose Nash
They knew the citizens would be enraged that they fired the City Manager and also are paying for an interim one at the same time right now. Some of the City Council members need to be fired since they couldn’t get along with several city managers in the past.

Stacie Olson
Reply to Michelle Romero: I spent my entire day at work texting, posting, calling, and doing whatever was necessary to get people there! If that had not happened, their meeting would have been exactly like they wanted… empty with just staff! That’s why the room was so small. We had people standing in the halls and in the room because there were not enough chairs or standing room! I asked for more chairs and was ignored by Councilwoman Krupa.

Stacie Olson
Reply to Rose Nash: The average citizen in Hemet makes $36,000. Majority of council feels it is perfectly okay to fire this city manager, pay him separation severance pay of over $116,000 (plus accrued time), simply because they just can’t seem to get along or work together. That’s OUR money! And I think they need to TRY HARDER!

Adam Mcqueen
Reply to Rose Nash: We can recall those councilmembers, not fire them!

Becky Tackett
City Council in Hemet has always been a joke. We need some new people so that maybe we can get something together for all the kids to do instead of having them running loose and getting into trouble.

Dede Puckett
They should all take a pay cut until they start doing good things for our city. Nothing gets done around Hemet. There is trash everywhere, empty buildings everywhere, and homeless people everywhere.

Mandi Craze
Truthfully, I believe we need to do whatever it takes to make the City of Hemet somewhere you are proud to live. Personally I am NOT proud to be living in Hemet for many reasons.

Craig Smarker
How much money has been spent on city managers? There is the cost of severance packages, the cost of the attorney, the cost of rehiring a new manager, the cost of having acting manager, etc. The cost is in the millions. We could have a had a lot of road repair for all that money!

Mandi Craze
I read the posted meeting agenda this morning and there was only a couple of things noted for discussion. I wonder why this is taking so long for their return to the board room?

Dede Puckett
Typical city workers wasting time and money. They have nothing better to do, that’s why our city looks the way it does. They don’t know how to accomplish anything and they don’t know how to work together as a team.

Jr E. Galvan
Out them all, get new blood in there and different shades of colors. Bring in the major news outlets, I smell fishy business here.

Brian Flannigan
“You can’t expect the City Manager to put a ribbon on a pig!” That was the best comment of the meeting!

Craig Smarker
It’s this simple: He did not fit the mold from the good old boys!

Tracy Timms
I’m sure they don’t work for me. When have any of them come to my side of town to clean up anything? They have never since I’ve been living in Hemet. Somehow I feel like I’ve made a terrible choice in moving to this city.

Mary Ann Morris
That was a good point one of the speakers made about the fact that a city manager can’t be fired within 120 days of a new council person being elected. Russ was originally appointed to fill Raver’s vacant seat and he promised not to run. But he did.

Stacie Olson
They covered that by saying they needed to give him 30 days notice, which takes him to Russ’ 120 day marker, I’ll bet!

Mary Ann Morris
Reply to Stacie Olson: I’ll bet you’re right.

Stacie Olson
Reply to Mary Ann Morris: They timed everything. Trust that!

Mary Ann Morris
Reply to Stacie Olson: Vail advised them every step of the way.

Stacie Olson
Reply to Mary Ann Morris: And history repeats itself with a majority vote. KRUPA, WRIGHT, and Brown voted yes while Meyer and Perciful voted NO! I predicted that!

Nicholas Orlandos Sr.
Excuse my ignorance, why is there a vote of no confidence? I think the reason why is more important than the fact that they did. Is that for public consumption?

Stacie Olson
Reply to Nicholas Orlandos Sr.: “No confidence” is built over years of no progress, poor decision making, overspending, lying, etc.

Nicholas Orlandos Sr.
Reply to Stacie Olson: I’m not informed enough to address years of politics. I am just asking about this situation.

Mary Ann Morris
Reply to Nicholas Orlandos Sr.: Her point is that Mr Parker wasn’t here long enough to make a “no confidence” determination. The council has an agenda. Parker had a balanced budget. Issues remain regarding the city’s poor investment policy that benefits Bank of Hemet. The city has almost half a million dollars “invested” and earning a paltry 0.4 percent interest. Why is that? We know and Sue Savage has done research to determine there are many other places to invest that would pay a decent rate. Like I said before, someone has a vested interest in keeping this a poor community. The question is who and why?

Nicholas Orlandos Sr.
Reply to Mary Ann Morris: It’s all over my head, but an investment in poor is like water and oil.

Leonard S. Lanurias
What a waste of our tax money! Somebody bring the homeless issue in this town.

Dede Puckett
One way Hemet can get out of debt is by all these city council people that do nothing taking a big pay cut down to a minimum wage of $12 an hour. Until you start doing your job, then we’ll talk about a raise. Stop sitting on your butts and get to work, then we’ll talk in six months.

Candy Powell
I guess do it their way, or it’s the highway.

Jr E. Galvan
Millions are going into their pockets.

Dede Puckett
Reply to Jr E. Galvan: That’s why they all need a pay cut down to minimum wage until they start getting things done in Hemet. They need to get off their butts and then in six months we can see what they’ve done and if they deserve a raise of more than $12 an hour because they don’t care about our town.

Becky Tackett
Council always shuts down new businesses. Especially if it’s something for the young people. I don’t think the council realizes that we are not a retirement community anymore.

Esther Vera Ramirez
180 days is six months. If the City Manager has been here for 120, it is less than four months that he served. Is it in his contract that he gets severance? Does his contract say he gets paid administrative leave? If he did something unethical or illegal, that clause should be void and his contract should have that stipulation in it. If his family is ill or something like that, then administrative leave with pay may be appropriate. But since the citizens of the city are not told his reason for being on leave, there is no way of knowing.

Joe Ortiz
A bunch of losers are taking my tax dollars and not doing anything for the city.

Marie Lopez
They are just going through the motions. It seems like the decision is already made and unfortunately they don’t care about what the citizens want. They should just let Mr. Parker do his job; it’s not clear what the problem is. They just don’t get along with him for whatever reason and want him out. It’s wasting money by firing him and still paying him, plus his replacement. That is money that can be used towards so much more that this city needs. Thank you for recording this “secret meeting.”

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