No license to lie
Jan 17, 2013 | 2319 views | 10 10 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Hold the presses! Before everyone jumps back on the proverbial “bash Annette Smith” bandwagon and throws in poor Dennis McCord along for the ride, take a deep breath.

In no way did I or any other candidate encourage Councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten to lie to anyone, about anything, for any reason. Nor is it the fault of any other candidate that the truth surfaced. Her most ardent admirers can call names and point fingers at others, but Lustgarten herself is responsible for her current predicament. That she was caught in a lie to the media is her problem, and solely her decision.

As a woman and as a mother, I empathize with her previous plight. However, that does not give her the license to lie. The Modesto Bee clearly describes Lustgarten as having a binder filled with evidence of her abuse and documents related to the bankruptcies for the Oct. 1 City Council candidate forum in preparation should any questions come up related to those subjects. When nothing came up that night, she submitted her questionnaire, lies included, to the Bee on Oct. 15. That was a willful and premeditated act.

It was not long ago that Sheree and her husband took great pleasure in calling for my resignation based on the lies of others against me. As the subject of unfounded gossip and lies, I faced the nightmares created by others head on; I suggest Ms. Lustgarten face the nightmare she created of her own free will and resign from office.

Annette Smith, former Patterson city councilwoman

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UnitedWeFall209
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February 10, 2013
Maybe Half Of You old Americans are so caught up with the extras of holding the job for example Sheree is being judged by things she didn't tell the bee but not by the things she has done at a present time.media now in days look to dig stuff up just to create news.let's criticize her 6 months from now when we know what she is capable of doing.I am not a Sheree supporter,she didn't even get my vote but everyone deserves a chance and not everyone deserves an explination

giguz88
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January 20, 2013
Luvs the windows at El Sol! Someone is actually listening! Never found out about the results of that. Just one thing has me disturbed this weekend, who allowed ANOTHER Subway to come into town? A Long John's, a Der ?Weinershnitzel? Do we really need 3 Subways?
giguz88
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January 20, 2013
Plus no car repair at Super

Walmart!! No tires, no oil changes? Say it ain't true!
Sheree.Lustgarten
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January 18, 2013
I don't know why my original comment was taken down given then Irrigator's policy. But once again, I do need to set the record straight, particularly since the online version of this letter did not include the editor's note that was included in the print edition.

First, the Modesto Bee never stated that I had any financial documents in my binder. In fact it did not. What I stated to the reporter was that I brought a binder with evidence of my abuse (I.e., pictures and my ex's criminal history). It also had my voting history for the last 10 years as well as other documents to disprove any lies being spread about me during the campaign. The questionnaire from the Modesto Bee was online since October, so why then did this all come up in January? Why after the election was over? Both the Bee and the Irrigator made it pretty clear which individuals brought this all out.

I want to state for the record that I voted 13 times in the last 10 years. I have never harassed anyone, especially an elected official. I care about my community. I exercised my right as a citizen to come to the rostrum at council meetings to ask questions and make comments and suggestions about policy-making. NEVER did I go after anyone personally. I hope the public comes to council to ask questions or give ideas, because although I may not always agree, I will show them the respect they deserve for taking part in their local government.

I am not a perfect person. I never said I was. People make mistakes, including reporters. As far as the questionnaire is concerned, as I stated at the last council meeting, it was my legal interpretation of the question. It was not premeditated. It was my mistake, and I am sorry for it.

So once again, I put an olive branch out to you to stop this senseless drama and let me do the job I was elected to do. If you have ideas or concerns to make our city better, respectfully come to council and state them and I will respectfully listen. I consider this matter closed, and for the sake of our city, I hope you do as well.
pattersonirrigator
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January 18, 2013
Just another reminder of the Irrigator's policy:

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pattersonirrigator
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January 18, 2013
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aeh4543
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January 18, 2013
Don't believe everything you read in the newspaper to be 100% correct. Good reporters will be the first to tell you that sometimes they get little facts wrong, especially when under deadline. Hence the concept of retractions.

Moving on ...
artjedi
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January 17, 2013
there really should be a "thumbs-down" option on this site.
psecrest
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January 17, 2013
While I understand that Sheree did nothing illegal in 'making a mistake' as she said , when answering the Mod Bee questionnaire. I am disappointed that someone who ran on a platform of open government isn't more transparent.

I do hope for the best and that Patterson will keep growing better and stronger with these council members.



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