The newest member of the Pasadena Board of Directors, William Cathey, in his baptism of fire, has goofed. He should be more alert. In a story in the Jan. 15 San Gabriel Valley section he discussed the city receiving 1,200 tickets to the Super Bowl, saying that, "I don't think this is a big political plus. . . . There's a perceptual problem here."
If, as he says, there is a political problem, a more mature and wise politician would have not taken part in distributing the tickets. If, as a lawyer, he had looked more carefully, he would have recognized a serious conflict of interest.
In either case, with such limited experience in the public arena, the wise thing to do would have been to steer clear of the whole matter until the air was cleared.
His start on the council, already clouded by the secrecy surrounding his selection, does not bode well for him.