The Jake Files

April 17, 2006

Other Chandler Blog Voices

Geoff Esposito has a local Chandler blog with a new post about the Mark Pentz affair. 

George Gregg has moved his site to blogger and has new analysis of the Sepulveda/Orlando recall effort:

But what if Pilara is wrong? What if Pentz was a very difficult person to get along with for a certain group of Council members and staffers who had to work closely with him? What if those issues were never encountered by the business leaders who spoke on his behalf or by Dunn and his other supporters? What if, indeed, Sepulveda and Orlando and the others had quite legitimate reasons for the charges and concerns they raised?

I tend to agree Geo's conclusion that a recall is unwarranted (I'm still giving myself a little wiggle room), and most of how he got to that conclusion, but I think there's a lot of "what ifs" in that argument.  In my experience, a person either is, or is not, difficult to work with.  If there's a difference in the dynamic, it's because there's more than one person contributing to that dynamic, which makes it a mutual problem.

A later post here talks about Conduct by the City Manager in the Chandler Municpal code, as it relates to work relationships.  Like Geo says, it's worthy of attention given the recent climate, but "shall endeavor" does not mean "shall."

Give Geo and Geoff a visit.  I think they come from different perspectives than the Amazing Jake, but diversity of opinion is never a bad thing.



  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Jake! I’m an avid reader of your blog and have appreciated greatly your coverage of the Chandler City Council fiasco.

    Regarding Pentz, you make a very important distinction, I think (“shall endeavor” vs. “shall”).

    In my own experience, I’ve seen how factionalizing can occur in organizations, whether they’re churches, business teams or community groups. It’s next to impossible to tease apart the various factors that contribute to it, even when you’re an insider and have been trained in mediation and conflict resolution. “Ascribing fault” after the fact, indeed, often becomes just another way folks have of projecting their own partisanship into the issue.

    I guess that’s why I have to remain somewhat undecided on the question of whether Pentz’ was at cause in the rift that developed on the Council. I don’t have a dog in the hunt, basically, and can’t reasonably either condemn him nor give him a pass. Not based on any direct familiarity with his interactions with those Council members and staffers who claim to be concerned, anyway.

    But as I’ve said elsewhere, I think the way it was handled reflects very poorly on Sepulveda and others. And that it has gotten to this point is no great testament to Mayor Dunn’s collaborative leadership skills, either. We all deserve better from our City Council.

    Comment by Geo — April 18, 2006 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

  2. “I don’t have a dog in the hunt, basically…”

    Mixing my metaphors, there! 🙂

    Comment by Geo — April 18, 2006 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks so much for the reference! I just saw your blog while reading Geo’s and I really like what you have to say. You’re very thorough and you have some very insightful points.

    Comment by Geoff — April 19, 2006 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

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