PART III OF III
From the archives of Elsinore Magazine.
Rasmussen Rebukes Council
July 11, 2001 Call for Resignations Ignored
At last night’s televised city council meeting Gil Rasmussen strode to the podium and placed the blame for five deaths directly on the sagging shoulders of the council. For three minutes Rasmussen spoke in a steady and powerful voice, culminating his remarks with a call for the resignation of the council and staff whose negligence has taken five innocent lives. Sassy city attorney Babs Liebold attempted to respond by calling Gil’s remarks “embarrassing” but she wisely did not defend city negligence. During his address Babs and the members of the council hung their heads and stared down at the table before them. Following is the full text of Rasmussen’s remarks:
“If these City Council members were Air Force fighter pilots, they would now be considered “aces,” since they have five confirmed kills.
Lake Elsinore has the distinction of being the only city I know of that qualifies as a serial killer.
Only William Suff, Elsinore’s prostitute serial killer, has a higher body count than this council. Their year-long failure to take responsibility for four deaths is reminiscent of O. J. Simpson’s sociopathic ability to blame anybody else… and everybody else… for his victims’ deaths.
Sadly, then, we must now add the fifth victim, Everado Arzola, to their charge.
The context of these comments is the abysmal and absolute failure of this council to protect yet another innocent victim from drowning in their so-called Economic Engine. Their economic strategy apparently is to invite tourists to the lake, collect their gate fee… and then kill them.
Sorry, Everado. No refund.
When there was mere anecdotal evidence of stolen palm trees taken from vacant lots, this council sensed the danger and quickly intervened. They enacted the Palm Tree Ordinance, saving palm trees from bad haircuts, death and destruction. Yet, when it came to saving precious human lives, there was not a whisper to their incompetent staff to implement basic safety precautions such as they have finally enacted, by blocking the deadly beach to public access.
And therein lies their moral failure and, in my opinion, criminal conduct. The beach could have…should have… been blocked after the first two children drowned one year ago, before their latest victim.
ElsinoreMagazine.com is urging the Riverside County Grand Jury to open an investigation into these five preventable fatalities. Whatever weak excuses and lame explanations are offered by the Council for the existence of five innocent, young corpses, these wrongfully dead human bodies demand justice.
I would support indictments and criminal prosecution of the members of this Council for these tragic and easily preventable deaths.
Whatever the actions of the Grand Jury, it would be morally appropriate for each of the five of you to resign this very night, within this very hour, as a first, small act of contrition for your unbelievable, sinful failure to prevent these deaths.
Lake Elsinore would have been far safer without you.
Alas, none of you will resign.
How shallow a life each of you must live, as you desperately cling to your minor political office as if your very lives were dependent on it.
We will likely have to displace the balance of the blame for these deaths until it finally comes to rest, barring prosecution or resignation and beyond November’s election, upon this Council’s wretched accomplices; their fervent, shameless, remorseless supporters.
If any of you hearing my voice, who have presently empowered this council, knowing now of the deaths of five innocents, ever again vote, in the near future or far, for any one of these lethal politicians, please consider that your vote to re-elect them forever links your own shabby morality with theirs.
May God have mercy on all of your souls.
Assuming you still have souls.”
Like an Old Testament prophet, coming down from the hills above Jerusalem to pronounce judgment on the heads of those committing evil, a decade younger Gil Rasmussen took his first opportunity to publicly speak in Lake Elsinore, motivated by the parade of death occurring at one single spot at the city’s campground.
As you can imagine, I am not a popular figure in Lake Elsinore. However, with the current political upheaval in Lake Elsinore, the voters in Lake Elsinore may, once again, be faced with a voter’s moral dilemma, if any of the above figures, have the unmitigated gall to reappear in Lake Elsinore’s body politic, seeking your vote.
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The “other” Aces have passed on, making their electoral re-emergence unlikely.