Friday, August 26, 2005
STONE PLAYING FAVORITES WITH FORMER STAFF MEMBER?
By: The Californian
A raspberry ---- the "Playing Favorites" award ---- to county Supervisor Jeff Stone, for his attempt to funnel $30,000 in taxpayer funds to a new chamber of commerce in Menifee in a politically motivated bid to support it over a more established chamber.
The long-standing Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce stumbled earlier this year with an ill-advised bid to link up with the Hemet-San Jacinto chamber, prompting local business owners to form the new Menifee-Sun City Chamber. Stone's personal support has helped the new chamber gain credibility in the local business community, and while one can question whether a county supervisor should be injecting himself into such a localized dispute, there's nothing inherently wrong with it. But trying to boost the fortunes of one over the other with taxpayer money crosses the line (public support of any chamber of commerce is questionable). When it became clear this week that his fellow supervisors weren't going to allow the gift, Stone withdrew the request. But Stone should step back from this dispute and let the Menifee and Sun City business communities sort their own dirty laundry.
THIS NEW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WAS STARTED BY A FORMER STAFF MEMBER OF JEFF STONE. SO, HE'S SUPPORTING HIS BUDDY..... SOUNDS WRONG TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!