Mayor Lutz Says Councilman Adams Has 'No Credibility' on Shaw Resignation

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said Councilman Tom Adams' remarks about former Councilman Clarence Shaw's resignation were "disingenuous" during a special council meeting Thursday to decide the fate of Shaw's council seat and the cit

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz lashed out at Councilman Tom Adams Thursday over his comments about the controversial resignation of former Councilman Clarence Shaw, calling Adams' remarks "disingenuous" during a special council meeting held to decide the fate of Shaw's council seat and the city's elections.

Lutz addressed Adams' comments on Patch and elsewhere before the public hearings Thursday and pointed to Adams' own resignation in 2008 that he subsequently rescinded.

"I find it very disingenuous that Mr. Adams would make comments in public accusing people and discrediting individuals for making their own personal decisions, for changing their minds," Lutz said. "And that he would call something a 'big lie' when in fact by his own personal facts and his own actions in the past he has no credibility on such matters."

Adams has said Shaw's statements that he intended to run for the council were a "big lie" and accused him of pretending to run to discourage others from challenging Larry Spicer, his appointed replacement who is one of only two candidates running for two open council seats.

jake January 25, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Everyone is so naive thinking clarence wasn't capable of this, just because he served our country we all have(military). He couldn't get a seat in pasadena so he came to Monrovia got on school board and immediately abandoned his post, then ran for council.
Jill Ramirez January 25, 2013 at 05:46 AM
I have been watching on KGEM, personally I thought that was very unprofessional of her to say those things about a fellow councilman. I have often told Managers at stores who reprimand their employees in front of customers the same thing.
Dan Crandell January 25, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Monrovians Mr McIntire planted this story to fan the flames on a fire we've put out. Lets censor him for a change by ignoring it ? Sound good ?
Suzanne Leach January 25, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I was encouraged by a friend to attend last night's meeting and while I have kept up with the happenings with our City Council over the years, this was my first meeting to attend in person. To my dismay, to have the meeting start with our Mayor making the comments about Adams, shows me that she is no better than he is. I kept listening for her reason behind her comments and came to the conclusion that she felt that she needed to disparage Adams publicly for her own personal gratification. As the Mayor she sets the tone for the meeting, or is suppose to, and since she started it on a negative note, it continued.
Cathy McCallum January 25, 2013 at 03:25 PM
She had a point, though. Adams's published remarks were harmful to the process, and they were particularly ironic coming from him. Maybe you've forgotten the confusion surrounding his multiple decisions to retire/not retire a few years back, but for those who haven't, his actions against Shaw and Spicer seemed hypocritical. It was also unseemly for a council member to indulge in public rumor-mongering. The mayor was right to call him out.
Craig Covell January 25, 2013 at 03:43 PM
WOW...Mayor Mary Ann Lutz looked like the angry Hillary Clinton at the US Senate hearings this week. Lashing out and saying nothing constructive. Even after she came back to the room from having to sit out the decision regarding holding the election and it was all over and voted for, she still had to add her comments. Becky and Mary Ann should remember that most of the time "less is more" when it comes to speaking. Even though I have not always agreed with Tom Adams, he is the only council member left with any class or sense.
punkster January 25, 2013 at 05:26 PM
The Mayor's ONLY job last night was to conduct an orderly, legal meeting. She was way out of line getting on HER Soapbox too. Shame on her................ She took an opportunity that was not her's personally to have.
Raymond Aguirre January 25, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I commend Mr. Adams for speaking his mind and representing what the people of Monrovia....He said what most Monrovians know, Mayor Lutz, you have lost touch with the people you serve, and I ask that you step down. You have shown your true colors as a politician first, and a public representitive last. Monrovia is angered with Both Shaw, and Spicer, you should have been too. Shame on you.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 25, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I took to the podium on this issue. It is my nature to reflect after the fact and try to figure out how do we make it better. I've not been happy with Madame Mayor using the dais as a bully pulpit, and she comes with a group of loyal followers that remind me in some ways of the Music Man. Pick a little, talk a little, pick, pick, pick. And I do not mean to be disrespectful in this. Progress was made on many fronts. But what I think is happening is that Mary Ann is not engaging in dialogue with the public online and she is disadvantaging herself. When she doesn't speak back to the public online and engage in the dialogue with the community, only sharing those concerns with people who think like her, she may be chock full of "Ok, now's my time to say it." Timing is everything, and lobbying an outcome from the podium and attacking other members of the Council is so not cool. I think Ms. Lutz' would do herself a service and that of the community if she stepped up here like Tom has and engage in those she has asked to be able to serve. I heard her and Becky Shevlin say in a previous meeting that they don't do it inferring it's gossipy and you might say something you regret and can't take back. I don't see using the podium in the fashion she did last evening and before any differently. I encourage all Council persons to be accessible to their Constituency and join us on the Patch. I think not doing so is kind of cowardly and it doesn't help you to best serve us.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 25, 2013 at 07:51 PM
As far as Clarence Shaw is concerned, I thank him for his service to our nation and to the city. But given the ballyhoo his current actions have caused, I'd rather treat him like the Aurora Shooter, old what's his face. The victims of Aurora asked that the shooter's name not be included. Clarence is getting more attention than he deserves, even if it's negative. Let's drop his name and move on.
Chris Ziegler January 25, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Mayor Lutz: Thank you for addressing the difficult issue/reminding us of Mr. Adam's past behavior, (of which he never apologized)! While in general, I detest mud-slinging and I also strongly agree with Jill Ramirez; that punishment is best conducted in private and clearly not in front of reports, however, a council member is accountable to the people; we're Mr. Adam's boss and his action are very much our business and disrespecting the fundamental process that many have died to protect is no small matter - it's no coincidence that military veterans have more passion than most regarding this matter.
Tom Adams January 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Chris, I am sorry if you missed the time when I apologized for the confusion in my actions but I did. I understand that not everyone catches every meeting and that may explain why you missed this.


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