Is Gary Bell a Chevron Candidate Continued
More on Gary Bell's 2004 Vegas Trip
In the last issue we related how Bell had responded to the story in the East Bay Express questioning his lame duck Las Vegas trip on taxpayer money.
Bell declared that "none of it is true" and the statements were "lies." He challenged Geluardi to produce documentation. Geluardi then produced documentation which we reprinted.
The next day Bell replied with his own records which confirmed Geluardi's.
Thus, Bell confirmed what only the day before he called "lies" and "untrue." He did take exception to one minor detail and asserted that the expenses charged the city did not include his wife's plane ticket.
Video: Bell Covers for Chevron on Fire
Having admitted the main points about the trip, Bell's defense became:
"All expenses accounted for and considered normal. No one from city hall has questioned the expenses to this date but you." Bell goes on to defend the trip because he planned to continue to do public service.
So the defense is that there was no objection from the incompetent and corrupt City Hall in 2004 that had just about bankrupted the City? Bell might just as well have added that Bernie Madoff or City Bank didn't object either.
It may have been technically "legal" for Bell as a lame duck city councilman to blow his Council travel money on the Las Vegas trip after he was defeated. But it certainly does not appear that his first concern was the city's financial health in the midst of a financial crisis.
Read the exchange for yourself here.
We ask again:
Bell says he is independent of Chevron. Bell is running as the candidate with "financial experience." The community fought to save vital programs from the hit that would result from Chevron's tax attack. When did Bell ever make a public statement (write a public letter, go on a demonstration, give an interview. go on record, or any other way) opposing Chevron's legal bullying to try to force a property tax refund.