In the beginning of August 2017, the sudden fire that lasted for several days in Tilden park (the link to video footage) reminded the residents of nearby communities of Berkeley, Oakland, Orinda, Kensington, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville about the importance of FIRE PREVENTION MEASURES. in the Bay Area But despite the years-long pleading and calls for the urgent actions from her voters, Ms. Wengraf had chosen to remain a stubborn obstacle for the removal of multiple MAN-MADE FIRE HAZARDS, ORIGINALLY TOUTED BY HER and then, defended by her most illogically, & yet shamelessly and even …proudly.
The city of Berkeley boasts many residents with very high honors for their intellectual accomplishments. But, it does not take a mind of a Nobel Prize winner to understand that the childish and irresponsible games of political correctness of Berkeley City officials around fire hazards may endanger many people in Berkeley, the home of quite a few Nobel Prize Laureates and many other people with brilliant minds and vibrant hearts, whose lives are the precious gift to the world that may not be at risk of fire. However, the solo voices of the whistle blowers that had been trying (for over 10 years!) to get across the obvious fact of public endangerment by adopting the politically correct agendas by those, who have the honor to call themselves “public servants”. But due to the lack of the resonance to the important alarm, the dire need to be amplified by the loud chorus remain: HIGHLY FLAMMABLE EUCALYPTUS TIMBERS THAT MAY NOT BE USED FOR BUILDING “FIRE ESCAPES”, MAY NOT CONTINUE TO REMAIN AS A MAJOR FIRE HAZARD NEAR MANY RESIDENCIES.
For over 10 years(!), the actions of ethically-confused Council Wengraf had demonstrated that she has been unable to grasp the significance of this most obvious matter of public safety, according to her professional duties. Instead, PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE RETALIATORY RESPONSE OF SENSELESS CRUELTY consumed her mind, causing paralysis of logical self-preservation. Evidently, because of disability to overcome personal pride and to use the constructive criticism to her own benefit, she could not understand how to use missing critically important info, offered by her constituent, in order to improve her personal erroneous mishandling of critical for the community matters:
Below, please witness one of the telling examples: instead of the important and urgent solutions – THE URGENT REMOVAL OF MAN-MADE FIRE HAZARDS, illegally pushed by her, she had been retaliating against the messenger of urgent & important change (even including the illegal misuse of police force, revealing her unprecedented CRUELTY against disabled whistle blower with the valid concerns). As the result of political correctness, the serious problem of REMOVING MAN-MADE FIRE HAZARDS (among other serious public safety hazards) has been remaining unaddressed for over 10 years(!) (starting from the time, when she “served the public” in her position of the Aid to City Council Olds & throughout much (way too much) time of occupying inherited and at the time uncontested Council’s chair).
THE FOLLOWING SUMMARY WITH SHORT VIDEO SEGMENTS IS THE ILLUSTRATION OF SELF-CONFLICTING, ETHICALLY CONFUSED & ILLOGICAL MINDSET OF COUNCIL WENGRAF, EVIDENT OF BEING UNFIT FOR LEADERSHIP:
- This statement from Channel 7 News is one of many evident proofs that Council Wengraf is well aware of the fact that eucalyptus lumber is one of the most highly flammable material that is NOT suitable for building fire escapes.
- This 40 sec. video segment is produced as a celebratory video message and as a part of an …award (!) to Ms. Charlier Bowen, the leader of “Berkeley Path Wanderers”, nominated (watch the next video evidence) by Council Wengraf, who had deliberately incited seemingly good people to act as irrational, unethical, hostile (and unlicensed for structural work) seekers of ill-minded peeping tom “entertainment” at the price tag of hostility towards unsuspecting neighbors along with public endangerment via deliberate creation of …fire-hazardous “fire escapes”, in the immediate proximity of residents’ homes.
(This is also a telling example of how Wengraf’s cover up for her & her cronies’ ineptness and cruelty continues to thrive – while helped by the skillful 3rd party falsely-positive misrepresentation of her illegal actions, helping to assure that created by her public safety hazards have no prospect to be eliminated.)
- Witness the results of evidently & deliberately misleading cover-up during the City Council Meeting’s opening (including Public Comments), provided for her by Mayor Bates, who called for police (officer stands right next to the speaker), in order to threaten and to disable whistle blower strive to inform the public. Thus, misled by Wengraf Mayor acts as her puppet and mindlessly incriminating himself for violating Brown Act with interfering with free speech rights of the whistle blower, illogically helping with cover-up, instead of taking the initiative of investigating valid objections
- Please, witness 2 min. heartfelt appeal to Council Wengraf’s peers to address Council Wengraf’s notable denial of reality and the notable paralysis of their mind, resulting in no answer with the reasonable urgent response re. fire hazards. These seemingly good and rational people were misled by Wengraf, & thus -they are consumed with the blunt prejudice towards the Whistle Blower call for the urgent action.
(The bluntly demonstrated deliberate PREJUDICE towards the victim of Wengraf’s character assassination by the corrupt and inept officials IS the reason for other people – much needed alternative community leaders with clear conscience, high moral standards, and functional self-preservation instinct to step in with the decisive actions of a speedy removal of the fire hazards. This above video makes it clear that the undeniable fact of fire being the tangible public safety risk for Berkeley & adjacent communities, would not be taken with deserving urgency otherwise.)
- Thanks to succeeding in previous cover-up schemes, Council Wengraf does not mind to act like a sinister clown, getting away with her blunt lies about “her commitment to public safety” at the poorly attended local pre-election events. Indeed, the majority of unsuspecting & busy with their lives Berkeley residents tend to believe the assurance statements of their elected officials on public safety that appear to be “sincere & reasonable”.
But, does the public deserve to know about the betrayal of public trust by Council Wengraf, and about the senseless scam, involving the illogical efforts of the Mayor to make it appear to be “plausible”?
Of course, the tax payers are often too busy to get involved in the investigation of the corrupt and unethical actions of their elected officials. And public officials successfully use the innate desire of the public to believe that those elected officials, whom they empower with their Vote of Trust, will guard the public safety fundamentals at least by being mindful of the safety of their OWN homes, located in the same neighborhood. That is why, it must be quite a revelation to learn about just the opposite: the above video evidence speaks vocally about SELF-CONFLICTING PERSONALITY, that demonstrates major dissonance of ACTIONS AND STATEMENTS of Council Wengraf. Her personal choice to cover up for known to her corruption, as well as similarly unethical attitude of those, who gave a blind eye to her harmful practices of over 10 years, are the pathological vicious circle that results in paralysis and dysfunction of City administration that continuously closes vital services for our community, due to the unprecedented budget deficit.
After observing the above evidence, it is rather strange that instead of getting much needed support from her peers, friends, family for making a mindful and self-compassionate decision of VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION in the face of her obvious governance disability, and instead of taking the opportunity for soul searching, she made a pitiful decision to subject herself to the valid and full of evidence criticism of her opponents during the elections, making even more obvious to the public her very costly and harmful errors.
The majority of people usually don’t have any difficulty for picturing a firestorm, that can potentially easily result from an accidentally dropped cigarette butt, landing onto highly flammable eucalyptus timber, covered with dry leaves… So, why the elected officials of City of Berkeley, the city of renown university, seem to lose their vital capacity for the imagination, the higher cognitive function that had evolved to protect from imminent fire danger many generations of our ancestors (as demonstrated in the above live VIDEO EVIDENCE)? What kind of trends that were common in the Dark Ages this reminds of? And what should be done to prevent it from happening?
HELP UNDERSTANDING THIS PARADOX – YOUR OPINION MATTERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANTI-PREJUDICE CURRICULUM!
ADDITIONALLY, THE WHISTLE BLOWER MAY NOT CONTINUE TO BE THE SUBJECT OF THE 10 YEAR-LONG SENSELESS AND CRUEL RETALIATION, DESPITE KNOWN TO HER EMPOWERED HARASSERS TO BE DEVASTATING FOR DISABLED PERSON’S HEALTH & LIFE. The lack of a mere attempt of Wengraf’s colleagues to question her incapable leadership and allowing her to continue misusing her unlimited power in her chair of elected official is contrary to the duties and obligations of public officials to their constituents. Resulting from the sum of the institutionalized prejudice such unethical acts are deliberate violations of American with Disabilities Act. (In fact, due to being driven by prioritizing of self-serving cover up for the inept errors over public safety fundamentals, Ms. Wengraf manipulated her peers and succeeded in blocking from access to the the City Hall the desperate for help (and disabled) resident of her district, who had voiced constructive criticism of this and other dangerous strategies and asked for the documentation, by submitting the Public Records Request left for years with no response.)
The above evidence is only a tip of the iceberg of the problems that had manifested as the result of her failed leadership. Thus, it is quite obvious that Council Wengraf needs urgent assistance to confront the reality and she is evidently unable to grasp on her own the fact that if she continues to block the important MOBILIZATION FOR HER MAN-MADE FIRE HAZARDS, her own home may be up in the flames as well, as the result of her own illegal push for allowing the unlicensed workers “to have fun” (in their own words), while acting outside of any fundamental ethics, laws and fair policies, including with no mindfulness for the fire protection. And her misuse of her power to follow her senselessly cruel excusiology for that, despite causing much harm in the process, is also most telling of her lacking fitness to the leadership position. This is ONLY ONE OF MANY OF COUNCIL WENGRAF’S FAILURES that negatively impact Berkeley at-large and those suffering individual members of the community, who had become the victims of her misuse of the public mandate.
Is Ms. Wengraf fit for the public leadership positions? Obviously NOT! High ethical and moral grounds is the cornerstone of the public servant’s qualifications to ask for the public trust, in order to engage into honorable public service, while using unlimited power of public mandate. Ms. Wengraf’s multiple actions of illogical hostility prove that she is incapable of being merely reasonable – she is unable to admit her serious errors that place the entire community of people at the increasing risk. But, instead of following the common sense of correcting her errors, she had engaged into the witch-hunt alike effort against her voter who had provided her with the information that should be perceived as valuable, including the part of constructive criticism beneficial for her community. But, her passive aggressive nature prevailed many times instead.
Ms. Wengraf had masterfully misled the entire Berkeley community during her elections campaign that was deliberately focused on public safety issues. her Instead of finally admitting the truth, she had plunged into self-serving and ill-minded sophisticated manipulation and additional COVER UP, with the goal to mislead the public about her actual illegal actions more and further regarding:
- her earlier actions leading to the endangerment of the entire community and the individual members,
- her unethical deliberate cover-up for the corruption, related to the public safety,
- & the means of the public official’s power-chair to continue misusing cruelly the instruments of unlimited power, along with misusing public trust to mislead the community into prejudicial attitude of senseless hostility towards the critic of her errors by the means of various acts of character assassination with false accusations and false criminalization.
That is why the curious question remains: WILL WENGRAF CONTINUE TO STAY ON THE PATH OF A HOPELESS LIAR WHILE BEING ENGULFED IN THE UNREALISTIC HOPES FOR HER SHADY UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL ACTS TO REMAIN IN THE SHADOW AND OUT OF LIGHT? WILL SHE MINDLESSLY CONTINUE RISKING TO REACH THE POINT OF “NO RETURN”, BLOCKING HERSELF FROM ANY FUTURE POSSIBILITY TO BE IN ANY PUBLIC SERVICE POSITION? Or, will someone wise (a public figure, or/and someone in her surroundings) finally help her with the advice and save her from such public self-humiliation that will be hard to recover from, ever..?
THE ADDITIONAL TAKE AWAY IDEAS FROM THE CASE STUDY:
Can PREJUDICE disable the ancient instinct of the reasonable fear of fire, deeply wired in our subconscious mind after assuring the survival of many generations of our ancestors?
Can the phantoms of Prejudice and Political Correctness endanger the lives of many Berkeley residents, due to their evident ability to cause tangible paralysis of the urgent response to the calls to remove man-made fire hazards in the minds of Berkeley elected officials?
The above provided factual evidence provides the invaluable insight into the mechanics of prejudice that grows in its destructive powers in the information age, significantly amplifying it powers, due to the capacity to misuse the information technology at the critical times.
According to the research, led by UCB Professor Dacher Keltner, the best-selling author of “Born to Be Good” & the founder of Greater Good Foundation, unless affected by the emotional pain of trauma, most of people with the healthy perception of the reality don’t commit such self-conflicting and harmful actions, as above. The capacity for compassion is one of the most advanced cognitive abilities that involves a combination of abilities allowing to step outside of the personal realm and project the sense of another person. It is also a gateway to the perception of the world that is larger than personal, and thus, it is a marker for the most fundamental ability for an effective leader. Also, in his recent book ” The Power Paradox” he provides indispensable insights into the mechanisms that are necessary, in order to improve the functionality of the failed body of governance, due to the ethical demise on various levels.
According to the research, led by Stanford Professor Phillip Zimbardo, the best selling author of “The Lucifer Effect, Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” and the founder of “Heroic Imagination”, we, as the society, are responsible for nurturing the functional clarity of mind that would help us find it impossible to give a blind eye to the outrage of misusing the power of authority against a whistle blower. Our Heroic Imagination, our ability to recreate the iconic figures of the past that symbolize the high ethical values and moral standards of our society, our ability to maintain the historical perspective on the evolution of the civil liberties are the essential tools to enable a person to stand up to the ill-minded pressures and excusiology of rationalizing the avoidance of the compassionate action of altruistic nature, based on higher ethics.
Best-selling author Dr. Norman Doidge provided important insights for the understanding of the mechanisms of brain plasticity that are responsible for such crucial ability of any public leader as the ability to promote the positive change and the recovery from erroneous patterns on the organizational and community levels. The lack of optimal brain function in some individuals (often resulted from the unprocessed trauma experiences) causes the irrational responses to the urgent demands of the reality. Strong leadership, rooted in high ethics is often needed to lead the group conscience away from the harmful, yet habitual trends towards forming constructive behavioral patterns. Thus, not every individual is fit to act in the capacity of the leader, who is responsible for maintaining the balance of both innovation and retention of the important fundamentals, along with the critically important capacity for the holistic compassionate perception, creative cognition, symphonic vision and polyphonic integration of personal and communal interests and values.
The above case illustrates the disruptive power of prejudice to disable even deeply rooted self-preservation instincts that had helped the human race on the path of evolutionary development. The above data from the suffering experience of the victims of the prejudice is the invaluable resource for the deeper exploration of briefly mentioned above subjects. And the other related aspects of the most effective ways of healing the community trauma of the lost trust and integrity should be explored and researched, due to the increasing significance of the processes for the society at-large and the impacts on the individuals.
THE URGENT NEED FOR THE PREVENTION OF A MENTALLY DYSFUNCTIONAL INDIVIDUAL FROM TAKING OVER THE PUBLIC SERVANT’S CHAIR OF EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY:
- MANDATORY PSYCHOLOGICAL/MRI TESTING FOR INDIVIDUALS, SEEKING TOP LEADERSHIP POSITIONS OF ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH UNLIMITED POWER OF PUBLIC MANDATE, TO PREVENT THE VICTIMS OF HARD TO DETECT PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS ( SUCH AS PSYCHOPATHY, PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE DISORDER ETC.) FROM ACCESS TO UNLIMITED POWER
- THE CREATION OF THE WHISTLE BLOWER PROTECTION ACT, IN THE FACE OF UNLIMITED POWER OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS, WITHOUT ANY PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY RE-COURSE FOR THEIR MISUSE OF PUBLIC TRUST AND PUBLIC MANDATE, INCLUDING IN SUCH CASES OF HARD TO DETECT MENTAL DISORDERS.
The denial of Truth, and the associated hostility as the expression of resentment that unethical individuals demonstrate, does not belong to our New Era of Rising Conscience. The attempts to institutionalize such senseless feature of the return to the Dark Ages may have no tolerance in our times, and may no longer continue to perpetrate the vicious circle of emotional trauma, suffering and pain in our society:
Even one of the most progressive cities in the world like Berkeley, CA was not immured from becoming a victim of corrupt government officials, choosing to misuse their power of unlimited authority for launching a retaliatory campaign against the messenger of positive and important for everyone change.
The legendary sacrifice of such icons of feminism like St. Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) remind us that it is impossible to silence the inner demons of cruel fear for the Truth, by launching the war on those, who reflect the Truth through their daily living attuned to the higher ethical standards.
The fire that was used to torture and to humiliate in public St. Jeanne d’Arc sanctified her spirit. And the lesson that the humanity had learned from her tragic end of life is the INSPIRATION TO FOLLOW COURAGEOUS WOMEN, CAPABLE TO FOLLOW THEIR HEART’S DESIRE TO SERVE EVER-LASTING HIGHER ETHICS – by courageous action that goes beyond the empty words.
Thus, we honor and celebrate the courage to adhere to personal integrity of today’s heroin – Berkeley Police Officer Paula Hammonds, who had acted with much courage and in accordance with higher conscience and high morals, refusing to the best of her abilities to misrepresent the reality, according to the dishonorable demands of her superiors, while risking fierce retaliation for her strive to maintain her integrity.
The honorable actions of Officer Paula Hammonds remind us about our individual power to bring the exemplary Light of Truth into our fragmented world and to make a tremendous difference in setting the right direction for the entire community of people.
p/s: The above evidence demonstrates that Ms. Wengraf’s actions resemble the behavior of someone, who suffers from the combination of passive aggressive disorder and other mental conditions, that are evident of lacking personal attunement even to the self-preservation instinct (such as the instinctive actions of urgency in the face of fire danger). However, this is ONLY ONE OF MANY OF COUNCIL WENGRAF’S FAILURES that negatively impact Berkeley at-large and the suffering from her highly negative impact individual members of the community.
Notably, when the cold season approaches, those who are concerned about the increasing number of homeless and lacking affordable housing folks, can “thank” Ms. Wengraf for her senseless give away of the $13 million tax cuts to the wealthy developers, instead of promoting community benefits for the underprivileged populations. These developers must be a generous source of her campaign financing… This most unethical behavior is yet one more reason for questioning the leadership capacity of Wengraf, particularly considering no single mention of any remorse, but instead, the display of her cruel pride(!) in regards to her lacking community conscience during the election campaign. (Stay tuned for more uploads on this and other developments.)