Duplicitousness of Modesto Politics
By Emerson Drake
Duplicitousness-Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
Mayor Brandvold speaks out of both sides of his mouth and the uninformed Modesto electorate doesn’t know the difference. In today’s paper (Monday 5/28) Modesto’s Mayor Ted Brandvold endorses Janice Keating for the Board of Supervisors for District 5. He talks about Janice’s top priority being the homeless and specifically about her ‘mobilizing the community’ to establish a homeless shelter.
Now the funniest thing about this is Brandvold is the Chamber of Commerce’s/DoMo’s (downtown Modesto organization) mouthpiece in stopping the shelter from being placed on Stanislaus Foods property. He constantly suggests that Stan Foods is the wrong place for a shelter. He suggests that somewhere out on Hackett Road, presumably around the Sheriff’s office would be better. But why spend the money for a shelter no one will use? There isn’t ready transportation to and from Hackett Rd. There are no facilities, no anything, but that is exactly why the Mayor and Chamber want to ship these people out of town. Out of sight out of mind.
The sad part is the 60 bed low barrier shelter was to be for families, people with pets and people needing a place to temporarily store their belongings while they have the opportunity to shower. It wasn’t meant for the mentally ill or addicts but the elitist segments of our business community don’t care about anything except getting rid of what they see as disposable people.
It comes as no surprise that Brandvold would support Keating since both politicians have the same political strategist/money man – George Petrulakis. The spokesman for the Chamber/DoMo could just as easily been Councilmen Bill Zoslocki, Doug Ridenour, or Mani Grewal. But none of these except for Mani have the strong George Petrulakis connection. But Mani is busy masquerading as a Democrat so he stepped aside. Bill is maneuvering for his next position with the County and Doug wants to be Mayor like his brother was but George is intent on making sure Ted gets another election cycle.
But back to the beginning. Brandvold is allegedly supporting Keating, because of her accomplishments with the homeless community but she has has accomplished nothing because of his attacking the homeless shelter over and over. But hey, that’s the duplicitousness of Modesto politics.
Janice isn’t saving our city. She’s just an empty hollow promise from another Modesto politician designed to make you think something is being accomplished when in actuality it’s nothing more than a mirage designed to make us take another bite of sand.