Effective immediately, as of 9:35 AM this morning, Brian Dawson resigned as Discovery Bay CSD Director for the Town of Discovery Bay. My hope is that Mr. Dawson can find peace and move on with his life and he and the Town can put this behind them.
In a statement, Mr. Dawson put out the following:
“Today is not a day of joy or release, but rather one of unremitting pain… I have resigned my office as a Director for the Town of Discovery Bay. I have sought to protect the district from the costs of a recall and to protect my family from the pain it would bring. Thank you to anyone who supported me over the last couple of months, I will never be able to repay you. It has truly been a pleasure to serve this community and I wish it the best as it moves forward,” wrote Dawson in an email.
I could have come out right at 9:35 AM if I had chosen to, but I am going to look at this a little bit differently than most as I have the utmost respect for the decision Mr. Dawson made this morning in ensuring his Community was put before his own needs.
This decision today is not a Dawson vs. the Petitioners resolution; it is one that is best for the Town of Discovery Bay which is admirable. There is more to this story than a headline in the newspaper but that will come out in the coming weeks. It’s a complex situation with many details ignored for far too long.
But for right now, let’s look at possible situations that could have played out.
- Had Dawson not resigned, the Town of Discovery Bay might have incurred unnecessary costs for a low turnout recall election and even more mud being thrown in the coming months. That is now avoided. Instead, this is a brilliant move because it ensures the Board will have three “like-minded” directors that can continue to push Discovery Bay forward in a positive light.
- Had someone new been elected through a low-voter turnout recall election, it could have undone many of the positive things that had transpired since Mr. Dawson was placed on the board. This is no victory for the Town of Discovery Bay if you ask me.
- Let’s say the Proponents failed to gather enough signatures there would have been even more mud thrown at Dawson and lies that it would have been even more counterproductive than during the actual signature gathering. Nothing would have changed.
There are likely a dozen other scenarios that could have played out, but I am neither a judge nor a jury to tell Mr. Dawson what to do, however, I believe the Proponents did not collect 1,649 signatures with an additional 330 that would have made the petition valid just in case some were thrown out. The only way my mind changes are if they show me.
The reason I have is very logical and simple, they would not be out gathering signatures on Super Bowl Sunday, and they would be watching the game like most America eating pizza and drinking beer.
As for the resignation itself, aside from being shocking, I believe it came down to a game of chicken that Mr. Dawson refused to play nor should he. He fought like hell and it was a good fight where he would likely have prevailed, but the cost would have been too high. He refused to take that chance and instead chose a community first decision.
In speaking with Mr. Dawson today, his comment was fitting.
“I look at it (Recall signature count) like this…I am at a poker table and I am sitting pretty with a nice pocket pair and the flop/turn are on the table and it’s down to the river. The river always kills me. When it hits me, there are things in life you just don’t gamble with. So I decided to fold for the greater good,” explained Dawson. “I wanted to do what was right for the district, what was right for my family, and save my community the drama of further division. I am absolutely heartbroken today.”
In getting to know Mr. Dawson over the last few months I know the level of love he has for his community. I know the level of respect he had for the seat he held. This was a difficult decision for him and it was extremely difficult on his family to hear things that were being said about him. I am sad to see him resign but I do respect him for his decision he made and the timing he chose.
News Media and their role
The most stunning thing about this entire process was not seeing how dysfunctional Discovery Bay is, but rather the media’s coverage of this beautiful town. The media essentially allowed a bunch of radicals to dictate the rules by failing to expose the Petitioners and the games they played with people of Discovery Bay.
You had people who could have put information out that reported the despicable antics but instead chose to act like “Switzerland” and refused to report truths—that is nothing more than chicken poop if you ask me.
What should have occurred was that the Petitioners be exposed for their behavior from the start which includes the following examples of unethical behavior and rules violations.
Both major and minor rules violations include the following:
- Non-Discovery Bay resident was working to gather signatures—a major no-no!!!
- Safeway booted petitioners out, kept showing up
- Website for the recall did not properly identify who was behind the recall
- Brentwood Press printed a sticker not claiming it was a political ad (not the fault of the Press)
- Gated communities had petitioners collecting signatures against HOA rules
- Nasty emails, public comments, conversations in parking lots
For whatever reason, the media acted scared of this story and ignored the mud being thrown just to show you how petty these radicals were. It probably would have stopped many people from signing the petition if you ask me. After the Safeway story last week, numerous emails came in to me from people wishing they hadn’t signed the petition.
For the media not to even interview Jessica Dawson, the one person who would have offered Discovery Bay residents a real choice on whether or not to sign a petition, is inexcusable. All she had was one Letter to the Editor published.
I wonder if the local media even realize that Letters to the Editors they allowed to be printed against Mr. Dawson were being used on boards at the recall sites as if the newspapers printed them as support for the recall—meaning the newspapers were being used. I hope they feel bad about it because words do hurt.
Antics Need to Stop
Unless the Town of Discovery Bay says “enough is enough”, these types of antics will only occur again and they will get worse. All this fighting is silly and the democratic process needs to occur, not petty recall attempts by a few radicals who think they speak for the Town when the reality is they do not.
I would encourage the following list of Proponents to grow up and become civil on their next go around when they do not agree with something.
- Don Flint
- Mark Doran
- Jeff Barber
- Evadene Kirkpatrict
- Angeline Digiusto
- John Emerson
- Eric Item
- Patricia Schroeder
- Nadine Kelly
- Tom Alacon
With a small victory like today, it will come at a cost for each of them and they will be exposed, not by me, but by others. Victories always do have a cost and they will soon pay the price for trying to play Monday morning quarterback with Mr. Dawson and how the City should run its business.
Actions always have consequences and karma does come back to bite and in this case Discovery Bay will be the one paying the price for the antics of a select few.
While the ground is still shaking from today’s announcement, one thing is for certain and that replacing Mr. Dawson will be a difficult task to successfully accomplish.