…TO HANG JOHN LLOYD OUT TO DRY
Wildomar Magazine does not intend to gloat over the censure of EVMWD Director John Lloyd. He is, after all, the area’s elected representative for water issues and he is still to be applauded for releasing the secretive reports that the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pump Station project (“LEAPS”) is unlikely to turn a near-term profit sufficient to offset the enormous cost to build the billion dollar boondoggle.
However, even John Lloyd should have voted to censure himself for his “leadership” and involvement in the nefarious vote of the RDA PAC to fund a mythical $600,000 project in Lakeland Village and then, suddenly, when exposed, to vote to rescind the funding by the same folks.
Or, Lloyd should have voted to censure himself for his failure to cover his own political *ss within the EVMWD political scene before he opened himself up to someone’s political vengeance. He may have been skillfully “hung out to dry.”
Whatever the actual reasons for the censure, be it a “failure to communicate” with the management and fellow directors about his contact with the RDA PAC, or his failure to anticipate “political payback” for releasing the LEAPS report, Lloyd was naive about playing in the Large Sandbox with the Big Boys.
Given the amount of money that is in play in water districts, political players in the water game are serious about their issues. Lloyd should have known that taking on the LEAPS project requires serious political gamesmanship.
Instead of educating himself in the water game, though, Lloyd has been busy trying to prop up the inept political career of former Mayor Bob Cashman. Or promoting the Wildomar Community Council’s efforts to stay connected to Wildomar’s center of political power with a food drive and street fair.
When his attention should have been fully focused on his EVMWD Director position and his duty to represent his district, he was distracted by the Little Sandbox of Wildomar’s new political scene.
Therefore, in Zak’s opinion, Lloyd should have voted to censure himself for his open and obvious political naivete. At least with a 5-0 vote, his constituents could hope that he’s accepting of his painful political lessons and has learned to play effectively with the Big Kids.
Instead, he presented a meaningless apologetic in support of himself, to no effective result, followed by his sole vote of support for himself. One is, after all, still the loneliest number.
Finally, before one shuts their mind on the still-hidden truths of the $600,000 RDA PAC vote, believing it to be mere politics and of little import, Wildomar Magazine has been told that there may be at least two employees of the EVMWD whose careers will being ended as a result of this financial fiasco. That, my friends, is a significant outcome and bodes poorly for any hope for an easy landing for anyone connected to the incident.
The full story remains untold and Wildomar Magazine continues to believe that the tendrils of a rumor of funneling money to a developer’s project has some traction.
Time will likely tell the entire story.
Comments may be made to Zak at firstname.lastname@example.org.