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Here was the thing with Dennis Donohue as Mayor of Salinas. He was a terrible Mayor. Even Joe Gunter, the current Mayor of #Salinas, was running around investigating Donohue for some crime or walking on crime scenes without permission.

He played fast and loose with the rules

He sent Kelly McMillin a “police officer” over to the #Salinas #Californian (it was a daily paper at the time) to threaten them with zero #transparency if they didn’t stop writing mean articles about Dennis, but more importantly, his buddy Bruce”Troll” Taylor.

Donohue made space for Bankers Casino, a future card room owned by a guy he was on the planning commish with - in a bizarre property transaction - with some deal made over dirt lots on Division St (probation was all abuzz about this, because ...)

He brought #Salinas

#GreenVehicles which was a scam on the taxpayers.

He was sued by the Leidigs over Salinas Renaissance Partners - they claimed he was trying to help a friend of his get a a deal - interring with their contract. Leidigs lost the case but Bruce Taylor ended up with the goods.

He wants to reward Kelly McMillin’s undying loyalty by making him the #SalinasPD chief right away - the rank and file generally opposed.

Later Donohue was able to make McMillin chief (he later quit to work for the #marijuana boys)

The most bizarre - he

Abruptly informed the public - in his usual long winded style - that he wasn’t seeking another term. To “spend more time with his family”

After it was widely reported he put his house solely in his wife’s name.

And then he decided to run against a well liked, but liners Supervisor @JaneParkerMC , and got real nasty with her.

* good old boys spent close to $750,000 and Dennis lost.

He then left his wife’s radicchio plant to work for - some friendly group - as an “innovator”

And the Weekly enthusiastically endorsed him - in 2010.

Now Donald Trump is President - the world is on fire, many hundreds of thousands of people are projected to die

And The Coast #Weekly laid off 1/3 of its staff, including their education reporter - blaming it all on #COVID19

Are we tired of #winning yet?

#politics #lovingsalinas #Journalism #Covid_19
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