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"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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Visduh Nov. 7, 2011 @ 9:02 p.m.

Cronyism? Perish the thought. The same mentality that has been running that city since the 1980's is just an outgrowth of the unanimity of all the residents of how Encinitas should grow and mature. Stocks and Bond are worthy successors to the kind of politics that had its northern neighbor Carlsbad keep the same mayor-for-life for almost thirty years. Everybody loved old Bud Lewis there, and they all love "dirty-oh-seven" Bond and his pal "Stocks and bonds" in Encinitas. One can only wonder how many of the long-time proponents of cityhood for Encinitas now look at the result after 25 years.


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