Several city councilors felt that Steve Brocato was an effective and
efficient city manager. Others found him to be abrasive to the public
and disrespectful of the city council. Unfortunately for him, the
latter group was in the majority, and he is now our ex-city manager.
Now we have calls for boycotting York's and Bella's. Petitions to
recall Dennis Dorrah and Bev Calder are being circulated. What next?
Shall supporters of Dorrah and Calder ask for a boycott of businesses
that support their recall? Should the anti-Brocato side seek to recall
pro-Bocato councilors? Enough is enough!
I was dismayed when I read the article about the sidewalk graffiti
(Baker City Herald, June 19). The person(s) who did this are in the
same class as the writers of anonymous letters, hateful, cowardly,
vindictive. Do the supporters of Brocato condone this behavior?
Immediately following Brocato’s dismissal the spate of letters praising
him and vilifying certain city councilors had all the earmarks of an
organized campaign, especially since it was followed by recall
petitions against Mayor Dorrah and Councilor Calder. All this will
eliminate any possibility of helping Brocato but it might hurt Calder
and Dorrah, which appears to be the intent of the campaign.