Julie Stalmer 6:30 p.m., July 23
Encinitas Residents To Protest Council Appointment
"Enough is Enough," reads an email from Encinitas resident Steve Meiche.
Meiche is one of many residents upset over the council's decision to appoint Fire Chief Mark Muir to fill the council seat left vacant after Maggie Houlihan passed away from cancer. Those opposed say Muir's appointment is evidence of "political favoritism," and "cronyism."
In June, a group of residents accused Muir of negligence and of covering up employee misconduct in the fire department. Muir, however, denied the allegations.
Muir's appointment has riled residents and has resulted in accusations that the council majority is playing politics. Residents plan to hold a rally in front of city hall before the council meets on Wednesday in protest the appointment.
"The present City Council majority is ignoring over 12,488 constituents of Maggie Houlihan and placing a political crony of [councilmembers] [Jerome] Stocks, [James] Bond, and [Kristin] Gaspar on the City Council," read the statement.
"Encinitas citizens are in the midst of a revolt against the corruption at City Hall and will protest to let the City Council know..."
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