In response to Mike Morasco’s Op-Ed “Reform ideas based on sentiments, not facts” (June 11), I found it incredibly bad form for the Councilmember to seek to discredit his colleague, Olga Diaz for her remarks at the June 3rd organized event in remembrance of George Floyd.
I don’t recall seeing Morasco at the event, but I was proud that all other members of the council made the time to attend and to make remarks representing our fine city. There were hundreds who welcomed and applauded Diaz’s thoughtful remarks, based on facts, as they were. Obviously, she has first-hand knowledge of such things, being married to a retired Escondido police officer.
However, it is an undisputed fact that Escondido is a city with a history of racism. It has been recalled as a “sundown town” by multiple accounts, and one need only look to the more recent misguided efforts of former mayor Sam Abed to keep landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants, and his attempts to prevent the opening of a shelter for unaccompanied minors. Come to think of it, Mr. Morasco was one of the vocal opponents of that shelter as well, going so far as to state that he would “stand strong against the federal government.” I wonder if Mr. Morasco would say the same thing today? Sure, we may have a great PD now, but we mustn’t be complacent. What is the harm in the collection and study of data, in the hiring of more women and diverse applicants with more college degrees, citizen input in chief and captain hires, and de-militarizing the force?
This is 2020 and those seem like no-brainers to today’s voters. Perhaps Morasco finds these ideas threatening, “inappropriate, opportunistic, and counterproductive,” but the only way to keep our “exemplary force” is to be pro-active, and ignoring the will of the people with his white privilege on full display is no way to keep his seat on the council this November.