No Easter Egg Hunt This Year Says Dean Grose
Los Alamitos, California, Mayor Dean Grose sent a supposedly humorous email – now termed the “watermelon email” – that suggested that there would be no Easter egg hunt this year, depicting a patch of watermelons in front of the White House. The Los Angeles Times reports that Dean Grose has since given notice that he will resign as mayor of California’s Los Alamitos.
What You Might Not Have Known About Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose
Los Alamitos, California, is a small city nestled between Long Beach, Rossmoor, and other locales. There are 6,504 registered voters, of which 3,399 voted in 2006. According to the Dean Grose website, he received 1,747 or 24.7% of the vote to sit on the Los Alamitos city council.
His biographical sketch, as outlined on the Smart Voter site, reveals that Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, sits on the board of the Los Alamitos Youth Center, is a supporter of the Precious Life Shelter, and also a small business owner.
Is a Watermelon White House Joke Grounds for Termination?
There is no doubt that the watermelon email was not only in poor taste, but an example of stupidity that has not been seen since the Jeremiah Wright sermons. That said, is a display of extremely poor taste and racial insensitivity truly sufficient grounds for dismissal?
Have Americans become so thin skinned that rather than turning a Saul into a Paul, the offender must resign from office? Was the offense of Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose so severe that rehabilitation – perhaps with the help of sensitivity training, counseling, and so forth – is unlikely? Does his civic involvement not demonstrate that there is a chance of possible healing and perhaps a learning curve that he could employ to the fullest while serving the small city of Los Alamitos?
In short, does the punishment of Dean Grose (dismissal) fit the crime of racially offensive humor? It appears that the city’s officials – so quick to oust the disgraced mayor – are cutting themselves off at the knees by negating the potential value a reformed Dean Grose might hold for the post and any of his constituents who share his sense of humor.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/02/los-alamitos–1.html; http://www.grose-for-losalamitos.com/Results.htm; http://www.smartvoter.org/2006/11/07/ca/or/vote/grose_d/