• Mayor Cort resigns as of Aug. 31

    This morning, Cedar Street Times along with most, if not all, media outlets on the Monterey Peninsula, received an email from Mayor Dan Cort stating his intention to resign as mayor of Pacific Grove as of August 31, 2009. He attached a pdf of a recall petition sent to him by David Dilworth, long an opponent of most of Mayor Cort’s policies and actions, but unsigned by any other citizens.

    The following is from Mayor Cort’s announcement. Stay tuned.

    “Today, I received an email from David Dilworth (attached) threatening me with a recall petition if I did not resign by 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Mr. Dilworth stated that if I resigned “for family or other reason”, that the media and general public would never need to know of the recall effort. I believe this is an attempt to intimidate me into resigning before I am able to vote on the Police Officer Association contract that is on Wednesday’s Council Agenda. I will be at that Council meeting and I will vote on that item.

    “I am informing the media and the public of this recall effort both because I am confident I could beat the recall effort, and to let the citizens of Pacific Grove know of this small band of citizens who are attempting to use bullying tactics and intimidation to get their way.

    “While I am confident that the voters of Pacific Grove would see through the lies and deception of this small minded group, I do not believe it is in the best interest of the City, and its citizens, to spend the next six to twelve months distracted by a recall effort. The issues facing Pacific Grove, and cities throughout the State, are too important right now to be pushed aside for the personal vendetta of a few disgruntled complainers.

    “I am proud of the accomplishments of this City Council and the previous Council that I was privileged to serve along side, and it is unfortunate that we will not be able to finish our terms together. However, I believe it is in the best interest of the City, its citizens, and my family and me, that I resign as Mayor and allow the Council to focus their efforts on providing solutions to the many issues facing the City at this time.

    “I ask that all those who have supported me in the past, and those that have opposed me, come together for the good of Pacific Grove and support the new Mayor and Council as they do the best they can to provide the most efficient and effective municipal services to Pacific Grove.

    “I have been honored to serve as both a Council Member and your Mayor, and wish you all the best in the future.”

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 4, 2009

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News

    3 Responses to “Mayor Cort resigns as of Aug. 31”

    1. kermit Says:
      August 4th, 2009 at 11:54 am

      Not only has Mr. Dilworth shown his total disregard for his city in threatening the Mayor with a recall, he’s also targeted Bill Kemp, Vickie Stillwell and Deborah Lindsay as people he thinks should go.

      What excellent timing! Is this what PG really needs right now? I’m sure a prospective City Manager will just jump at the chance to get all cozy with us Pagrovians now.

      What is this really about? Is this about Dan and these Council members voting on pay schedules for the City? No. Is this about the Library? The Dog Park? The Museum?


      This is, quite simply, about David Dilworths lifelong search for acceptance. He’s chosen crusade after crusade, not only to help the environment, to stop the spray, to keep the forests healthy, but to satisfy his own sense of self worth.

      Don’t get me wrong, us frogs appreciate the work he’s done on the environment, we really do, but this latest move shows not only a complete lack of understanding of the situation we are faced with, but a complete lack of honor. David has smiled into the faces of the same people he attempts to destroy.

      Most folks in PG understand this about David. It’s why he came in almost dead last in his bid for City Council.

      Thanks for the help on the forests David, but you really need to stay out of politics. You have hurt the city today.


    2. kermit Says:
      August 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am

      I should add that yes, I am posing as a frog because Mr. Dilworth has proven to be quite the litigious man and I’d rather not test his lawyers.


    3. waisodum Says:
      August 4th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      Since the article didn’t elaborate on Mr. Dilworth’s email threat to Mayor Cort, I’ve included it below. It offers quite an insight into the diluted mind of Mr. Dilworth.

      Hello Dan,

      Sorry to bring you bad news.

      Tomorrow morning at 11:45 we will begin
      publicly gathering signatures to recall
      you from office.

      I have attached a copy of the Recall Notice

      There is a group of cross-partisan citizens who
      have committed to work diligently and persistently to allow Pacific Grove voters to remove you from office.

      There is one small light remaining for you,
      assuming you may wish to save your reputation
      from the Recall footnote that would be in your
      Wikipedia entry for the rest of your life.

      Do not construe this as a negotiation,
      nor is it up for discussion.

      I am authorized to let you know that if you
      publicly elect to resign “for family” or any
      other reason before we begin gathering signatures
      at 11:45 – the people who have already signed
      have agreed that the media and the general public
      never need know about you facing a recall effort.

      I am authorized to let you know, because I am the
      only one left who wishes to give you the chance
      to save face.

      with all due respect and haste,

      David Dilworth


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