CPCSD director’s belligerent behavior

By From page A5 | July 29, 2013


Once again Cameron Park Community Services District Director Scott McNeil’s antipathy towards members of the community was on display at the June CPCSD board meeting. This time Director McNeil objected (vociferously and out of turn) to hand-written signs displayed by community member Bill Carey. The signs depicted the obscene graffiti that had been painted on the walls of the CPCSD skate park. Mr. McNeil was angered that Mr. Carey would display such signs to the board and the public at the meeting. He found the signs highly offensive.

Of course, that was exactly Mr. Carey’s point, that highly offensive graffiti was allowed to remain in public view of children and their mothers for nearly two weeks at the skate park before it was removed. Mr. McNeil did not seem nearly as upset about the public display of obscenity at the skate park as he did Mr. Carey’s signs at the board meeting.

Certainly the most obscene display of the evening was Director McNeil interrupting and yelling at Mr. Carey and at Board President Greg Stanton that Mr. Carey must be thrown out of the meeting. McNeil eventually caused such a disruption of the open forum portion of the meeting that President Stanton called for a recess. Director McNeil, not being satisfied with the level of disruption he had already caused, entered the room after the recess and angrily approached Mr. Carey, coming within arm’s reach of him still insisting that Mr. Carey needed to be removed from the meeting.

This pattern of aggressive and belligerent behavior by Director McNeil is nothing new, but it does seem to be escalating. I have seen his aggression demonstrated towards the public and towards the female members of the board repeatedly. Director McNeil’s behavior is beneath the dignity of a grown man, far less that of a person who holds public office. If Director McNeil would put just half as much effort into preparing for board meetings and thinking of ways to resolve some of the district’s problems (such as the chronically unsafe and unwholesome environment at the skate park) as he does in attacking people who disagree with him, then we might have a person worthy of the title of director. As it now stands he is of virtually no value to the board or the community he was elected to serve.

Cameron Park

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