|How To Employ Disinformation To One's Advantage|
Superintendent Tony Roehrick And A Teachable Moment For CUSD Students
At the May 8th School Board Meeting, agenda Item 14 B, which was a discussion about authorizing repairs and improvements at the HS track and football fields, contained this statement:
District staff has also been advised by the city of Half Moon Bay that the project will not require a Coastal Development Permit(CDP).
This was not true. Here is the proof:
I have checked with the City’s Planning Department and they have not found any record that the City approved a Coastal Development Permit Exemption for the field and track improvements referenced in the School District staff report, and none of the current planning staff have talked to the District about this issue.
The above was a response was sent on May 7th to an information request.The DAY BEFORE the School Board Meeting.
So I asked Superintendent Roehrick to explain the discrepancy. Here is what he said: --
As you may have noticed, I got handled quite well and didn't know it until well after I sat down. Hell I even thanked the Superintendent for the handling. The man is slicker than a used car salesman on a roll. I mean, damn, he really handled me.
Roehrick never explains why his staff is claiming something happened that HMB's staff claims did not happen. Instead he makes he shifts the conversation to the CDP process.
Now you might think this is the end of the story and it might very well have been. There was a problem though, just one. I didn't believe that the temporary City Manager would provide the kind of advice Mr. Roehrick claims Mr. Schillinger provided. So that very night, I sent an email to Mr. Schillinger. Here is his response:
I am out of the office tomorrow. I don't remember having this conversation with him nor do I remember an e-mail. I can check through my e-mails on Monday to see if I am forgetting something. I need to check with staff to see if something came from us to him.
On Monday, I called up the City Manager and told him that I found it difficult to believe he would offer the kind of advice Mr. Roehrick claims he offered, per his short tenure here. Mr. Schillinger said my assumption about him was absolutely correct.
So what the heck is going on? Why the subterfuge? Why would staff say they had been in contact with HMB officials when HMB officials say otherwise? Why would the Superintendent then double down on the misinformation by providing disinformation about what the current HMB City Manager said to him?
As for you kids, this is how things are done. Forget that crap adults tell you about being forthright and honest. The idea is to win. You all want to win don't ya? Well, telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth is for losers. Look at the example set by Superintendent Tony Roehrick, his staff, and the School Board.
They have shown you how to win. Don't waste this valuable life lesson. Look how far fudging the truth has taken Mr. Roehrick.
John Charles Ullom