In a recent letter to the editor, Diamond Bar Mayor Gary Werner made an error in fact and attempted to duck the issue raised by my earlier letter to the editor.
The truth is: (Assemblyman Paul) Horcher did endorse SB 2557 (allowing counties to charge cities for booking crime suspects and cities, special districts and colleges for collecting property taxes). In fact, he did it twice. The first time was on Oct. 5, 1990, during the La Habra Chamber of Commerce candidates' debate. The second time was on Oct. 23, 1990, during the Whittier Area League of Women Voters' candidates' debate at Whittier College.
Mayor Werner cannot effectively serve two masters, and since he is being paid by Assemblyman Horcher his letter shows his first loyalties to be to the state, not to the voters of Diamond Bar whom he also accepts money from under the guise of representing them.
Now the question for the voters of Diamond Bar is: Who is going to represent us to the state when the state passes legislation that hurts (double taxes) us at the city level. If we cannot trust the people we elect to represent us, what are we to do?