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City Council Votes to Possibly Censure Mayor Bobko

The verbal barbs fly as city council discusses the mayor's conduct.

Mayor Patrick "Kit" Bobko may be censured by his council colleagues.
Mayor Patrick "Kit" Bobko may be censured by his council colleagues.
In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the Hermosa Beach City Council directed staff to draft a resolution censuring Mayor Patrick "Kit" Bobko for violating a city code of ethics when he declined to apologize to the city manager and public for circumventing protocol and undermining the city manager.

Council members Jeff Duclos, Howard Fishman and Peter Tucker voted for staff to draft the resolution after Duclos asked for the mayor to apologize for issuing a press release in support of one of the top two police chief candidates before the city manager had announced his selection. Bobko's press release was issued outside of the city's usual process for doing so, one in which an outside city-contracted public relations firm typically issues any press releases on behalf of the mayor, city council and city.

After each council member weighed in on Duclos' request for Bobko to publicly apologize at the meeting, Bobko heatedly declined to do so. Duclos then introduced the motion for city staff to draft the resolution censuring Bobko.

The draft resolution for censuring Bobko will return to council for an actionable vote on Sept. 24 since Bobko will not be at the Sept. 10 meeting.

At the end of the Tuesday night council meeting, Bobko remembered he would not be at the council's next regularly scheduled meeting of Sept. 10 for  "my trial on whatever the charges are, I've forgotten, not flossing regularly or making my bed in the morning and all the rest of it."

He then said, "So, gentlemen, if you would like to try me in absentia, like Slobodan Milošević or someone in The Hague, I invite you to do it. I'm sure it will be easier for you if I am not here but I have already determined that I won't be here.

"So, out of just due process that we seem so very concerned with, I would suggest that we move it to the second meeting in September so that at least I can be present for my lynching."

Followed by a notable silence, Councilman Fishman responded to the mayor's comments and council member Tucker's agreement to do so that he would "support that less the mocking and sarcasm from the mayor."


Jeff Cohn August 14, 2013 at 09:02 AM
Charma is becoming a real bitch for Boobko
Richard August 14, 2013 at 09:55 AM
He is becoming an embarrassment at this point. He and his lap dog should move on.
Gene August 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM
The voters of Hermosa Beach did not vote for outsiders to draft press releases. They voted for "elected" representatives to manage the affairs of their city. Mayor Bobko had every right to his opinion on the police chief candidates. According to those city councilmen Bobko's press release was issued outside of the city's usual process for doing so, one in which an outside city-contracted public relations firm typically issues any press releases on behalf of the mayor, city council and city.
Dave Andrews August 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Does anyone see the irony? All of the council agreed not to mention anything publicly and Bobko decided to undermine the City Manager's authority by endorsing a candidate in the press. When it comes to oil for some reason Bobko spews E&B's talking points from their website to the TV news yet does not have an opinion he will put out in the press? What happened to "The Process" Bobko? Bobko, I am glad you are up for election. Can't wait to get you out of Hermosa Beach politics.
Jose Bacallao August 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Did Bobko actually say "lynching"? He's an embarrassment to our City.
Guy August 19, 2013 at 09:53 AM
The city manager (on probation) is not a god and therefore the city protocols are not commandments. I'm not a fan of Bobko but he has the right to share his opinions.
Richard Handy August 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Am I being censored? Apparently yes...I guess I should avoid the obvious around here. Like, the son of the biggest embarrassment this city has ever seen calling someone a boob...priceless. I'm still not sure who Charma is or why she is a problem to Mayor Bobko. I'm betting that the mayor could care less who the city hires for the next police chief. Take a pile of applications and throw them up in the air. That seems to be the current process, right? I know it's a little tough for some of you to figure out but, it seems to me that Bobko was just making a mockery of what seems to be a flawed hiring process. Yes, I am more intelligent than most of you common people so, you're welcome for the clarification... While you're at it, why don't some of you look a little deeper into the background of the future HB chief of police and ask yourself if the process seems to be working. Seems to be a few red flags if you ask me...go ahead, there's a thing called Google, have at it.

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