Puppet masters and manipulators

| August 15, 2018 | 20 Comments

Back when I worked at the Gazette regular letter writers would routinely accuse some in our community of being “Puppet Masters”. The accusations were generally leveled at members of council and their supporters who favored creating a redevelopment agency. Hmm, I wonder how Governor Brown’s successor will see this issue…but I digress.

Generally speaking these community members never felt the need to provide any real proof of these accusations, kinda like those who accuse the Mayor of being narcissistic for his personalized license plates while conveniently forgetting they were a gift from his first, now deceased, wife. Rumors abound and now that we have our slate of candidates I expect to hear, read, many more.

But who really has displayed true puppet mastering mastery? Could it be the same woman who attempted to oppose Federal Glover, believing Martinez citizens alone would solidify her win in the primaries and allow her to breeze over a general election? Imagine the audacity of thinking that a small fraction of voters should be able to impact the outcome of an election affecting over two hundred thousand people.

Did that audacity end when her political career ended? No. Instead she turned a vengeful and vindictive eye to the citizens who failed to hand her the power and paycheck she craved and brought a lawsuit against the city of Martinez claiming an unknown Hispanic, mayoral, candidate failed in his bid due to racial bias. How laughable can that claim be when the anybody but’s can be counted on to vote for literally anyone other than the person currently sitting in the seat?

Take the now R (was D) Congressional candidate, and proven holocaust denier, John Fitzgerald. A man who had and continues to have demonstrable challenges with reality was somehow a viable Mayoral candidate in 2010? I don’t know who this Hispanic male was, but since I have a definite affinity for all things Hispanic, and pay attention to local politics, he must not have tried all that hard to get noticed. By-district elections are nothing more than the political contrivance of a woman scorned.

Now on to this year’s slate of candidates. Based on John Stevens late to the game Dog Park involvement and his new ‘pack’ I question how he went from a brief (not of his choosing) stint as Chamber of Martinez CEO; remember the huge uproar over the King of the County BBQ and our local BBQ business being denied a booth? I understand there were returning vendors in place, but there really wasn’t much grace and a lot of hurt feelings for that brand-new business involved in that fiasco. Fast forward to his first failed bid as Council candidate two years ago, and now choosing to run again hoping to win a majority of what, 400, since by-district elections were forced upon us?

I’d heard rumors of a challenger for Vice Mayor Lara DeLaney’s seat. Fortunately the woman considering mounting a campaign had a change of heart, or failed to get the 30 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. Since she is still, technically, a private citizen I won’t name her. Frankly I pity this young woman for allowing herself to be used as a pawn all the while believing she has a friend and mentor. I know who’s behind the encouragement of this particular young woman’s would-be candidacy. It would have been an unfortunate set of circumstances for her to believe she was even marginally qualified to walk in DeLaney’s shoes. But Martinez’ true puppet master is good with flattering, false, words and propping up weak egos.

But the most telling of all is Yazmin Llamas-Morales who went from Martinez School Board candidate on August 2, 2018 to Mayoral candidate on August 10, 2018. I know nothing of Ms. Llamas-Morales. Here’s hoping that changes quickly.

She is already behind the bell curve in fundraising and name recognition. She has no platform to speak of and no discoverable Martinez bona fides; nothing about volunteerism, boosters, charities, etc. that would allow the common citizen to gain some insight into who she is as a person. This is why I question whether Anamarie Avila Farias truly considers Llamas a viable candidate, or just the next pawn in her vindictive plans for Martinez politics. I see a court challenge regarding our right to elect an at-large Mayor in our future.

Here’s hoping everyone Anamarie’s convinced to run has a thick enough hide to fend off the knives that are coming for their backs once the election is over.

Buckle up buttercups, the ride is just getting started and the person pulling your strings is not known for going home with either the people who brought her or the people she brought to the party. Mixed metaphors notwithstanding.

– Linda Meza

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  1. Dave H. says:

    Linda-

    That’s not true about Yasmine having no platform. She just said on her page we need to leverage assets like our town pool to compete in the big city game (whatever that means). Can’t believe that simple strategy wasn’t used early on … pool leveraging.

    If I were her, I’d leverage the Mermaids first, open swim, then the lap lanes in that order…maybe add a disco night party at the end of the year.

    Technically always leveraging beavers is really your best bet though..as a little beaver goes a long way.

  2. Yazmin Llamas-Morales says:

    Mayor Rob Schroder must feel threatened by my candidacy if he is sending out his “puppets” to discredit my candidacy! BRING IT!!! It’s time for a professional WOMAN, MOTHER, with post-graduate education to lead this city!

  3. Linda Meza says:

    Yazmin,

    It is unfortunate that you believe you were the only person, with the correct sounding last name, approached to run for Mayor. I recently learned my son was approached out of the blue by the woman who pulled papers to run against Vice Mayor DeLaney. Just like I was hounded by Anamarie to run for School Board.

    Difference being the Meza family knows when we’re being played.

    Find a platform and run your race. You’re in it, might as well make a good showing of it.

    • Annette says:

      Nicely said.

      • KMichelle says:

        “Nicely” said? Hardly. Linda needs to realize her hateful letter will hurt her candidate more than help. It already has. Clearly she missed the memo that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

    • KM says:

      Linda It’s sad you don’t realize that this hateful letter will hurt your cause more than help it. It already has. Anything with your name attached to it is perceived as vindictive and unfounded garbage. Well done.

    • Linda,

      You saying “you believe you were the only person, with the correct sounding last name, approached to run for Mayor” exposes a prejudice you have. Your son should be happy he didn’t run for mayor, because you might have had to write a hit-piece on him, like you did to Yazmin. Your grudge against Anamarie Avilas Farias is childish and obvious. What has Rob Schroder done to the city’s financial situation by the way? We’ll see what happens come November.

  4. Kristen says:

    This letter is absolutely despicable.

  5. Courtney M. says:

    “(T)hese community members never felt the need to provide any real proof of these accusations…” The irony.

  6. Alicia says:

    XOXO, Gossip Girl

  7. Annette says:

    I’ve heard of other such puppet masters in Martinez, and it’s kind of scary. But sad refers to anyone who has to stoop to the level of dragging others into their personal politics. It’s one thing to support those who have decided to step into the proverbial ring. It’s another to put someone in the ring because it serves your personal or political agenda.

  8. Reba Parsons says:

    The politics in Martinez are disturbing. It’s just cruel to put down people who have chosen to run against long time incumbents. It’s no wonder people are afraid to run against them. The incumbents themselves should be ashamed of what’s been written in what appears to be on their behalf, and should say something if they have any sort of integrity. Stop with the puppetry! Do you, in all honesty, believe anyone would run based on coercion knowing how this council works to discredit people down to their core? I think you need to step back and see who the real puppet is here. Hint: YOU!

  9. Gail D says:

    Sounds like Meza has a personal problem with Annamarie. The paper should be more selective and less bias in its choice of open letters, especially such lengthy ones. We will be expecting a response letter of equal length. Or, can we?

  10. Erin M says:

    I’m amazed you sell any papers at all. The woman who wrote this is two words that start with a B. Bully is one. I’ll leave the other one to your imagination.

  11. LInda Meza says:

    Jennifer, thank you but I’m betting people like Courtney Masela-O’Brien did not forget, but rather hoped the voters of Martinez had forgotten who the real jackbooted thugs were. Unfortunately for them many in Martinez, my household included, were shocked to receive letters from the County Recorders Office stating we would not be able to vote at a local precinct, whatever in the ___ that is anymore, due to by-district voting.

  12. LInda Meza says:

    My next letter wasn’t sent to the Gazette, but to State officials and is posted on my blog: http://lindameza.com/post/177202551098/civil-and-voting-rights-violations-in-martinez-ca

  13. kristin henderson says:

    Linda, congratulations on your household which you feel some sort of psychological need to relay to us you have. And if that were not pathetic enough, your verbal kaleidoscope of political stasis is unconvincing. Would you like *ME* to lay down a point by point evidence list of lies, violations, and moral torpitudes Rob Schroder has either directly committed or promised or threatened others to commit themselves? How much were you paid to write the above? Just so everyone knows, Rob Schroder is the “p” puppet of certain property owners downtown who feel entitled to take so many essential things from us a local government should be protecting–e.g. our history. Linda, how much did they pay you to write the above? I hope enough to feed your sweet little dog.

  14. kristin henderson says:

    Yazmin Llamas-Morales.

  15. Mike says:

    Didn’t the Mayor say something about needing new blood in government?

    Mike

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