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Councilmember Marti Emerald takes credit where not due

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 8, 2010

This updates the Jan. 23 report on storm damage to Lake Murray’s service road (

The temporary repair is in place.

City Councilmember Marti Emerald wasted no time using this event for political advantage. On Feb. 3, she issued a press release headlined “Councilmember Marti Emerald Gets Fix For Lake Murray Sinkhole” (

Quite disingenuous, because the Water Department had already begun temporary repairs and planning for the permanent repair and provided Ms. Emerald’s office with information about it when she made her request. The press release also calls it a pedestrian path, but it is actually a service road belonging to the Water Department which the public is presently permitted to use.

She got the information, not the fix

One Response to “Councilmember Marti Emerald takes credit where not due”

  1. GrokSurf said

    I received this reply from Geni Cavitt, the director of communications for Marti Emerald’s office. My response follows.

    “Councilmember Marti Emerald’s office has been working on this issue since Jan. 25th. After several calls from constituents regarding the sinkhole at Lake Murray’s San Carlos Bay, council staff contacted Lakes Supervisor Nelson Manville, at which time Councilmember Emerald requested a temporary path be constructed and barricades removed to restore access to the many people who use the path/service road for recreation. Councilmember Emerald further requested a fast track for the permanent repair.

    The following morning, Jan. 26th, Supervisor Manville responded that he would provide further information for both a temporary repair and a permanent solution. Councilmember Emerald met with Manville on Jan. 28th to see the damage first-hand and discuss implementation of those repairs.

    The news release was sent on Feb. 3rd because that’s when we had a chance to go out and take photographs of the work done so far.

    I hope this information is helpful to your understanding of the Councilmember’s actions.”

    My response: I didn’t say that Ms. Emerald did not make a request or complain about the timing of her news release. I stated that the Water Department had begun the repair process before Marti Emerald made her request, so it’s not correct for her press release to say that she ‘got the fix’ for her constituents. She only got the information.

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