If you plan on taking aim at Cathedral City’s budget woes, make sure you have your facts straight.
That was the message Councilman Bud England sent to council candidate Jens Mueller after he used the public comment period of a recent council meeting to criticize city leaders.
Mueller, for those who are keeping tabs, will be trying to unseat England or Councilman Greg Pettis this fall.
“Cathedral City officials for months now have blamed the state for our fiscal mess,” Mueller said in a speech that pointed out how Coachella officials were able to balance their budget.
“If we are looking to blame someone for this financial mess, then we should look no further than the city council themselves. They were here, you elected them to serve your interests and they have not done so.”
A few days later, England sent Mueller — along with a few city leaders and The Desert Sun — an email that indicated the councilman thought Mueller was taking information out of context.
In it, England outlined Robert’s Rules of Order pointed out that Coachella’s budget is smaller than Cathedral City’s, and mentioning that other cities across California have also had to make tough decisions.
Mueller hasn’t responded to the email, England said.
“It has nothing to do with him campaigning. It has everything to do with maintaining truthfulness in the public arena,” England told The Desert Sun.
“I don’t mean any malice towards him. It’s all about being honest in front of the public.”