Please note it is pronounced ME-Shell.
Michelle Vass is this race’s mystery candidate and appears to have filed to be “the only girl” in the race, based on accounts related to me. It is a fairly well-known fact that there are a segment of voters that refuse to vote for any male where there is a female on the ballot. (Unless the female has 99% name ID and 70% of the voters think she is a crook) In 2012, a lone female candidate got 7,000 votes for Rocklin City Council despite doing nothing.
I had made mention earlier that Michelle lives in an apartment and was queried by a commenter about why that is an issue. By itself, it may not be a disqualifier even though all of her opponents have a mortgage.
What makes it more of an issue is when you realize that Michelle only finished college last year and her most recent job was working as an intern for a politician in Sacramento.
Currently, Vass is apparently semi or unemployed and is campaigning full time.
Now it becomes clearer that Michelle is just getting started in life and the apartment thing may well be an indicator of a lack of life experience and thus a lack of credentials to serve on the Rocklin City Council.
A further investigation of Michelle shows that she was President of the Lompoc Association of Realtors. Sources there tell me that Vass was able to obtain that position in her 20’s largely because her mother was an icon in the local business community. This is not unheard of and may not necessarily be a bad thing except…
… her tenure was marred by scandal. The Lompoc Association of Realtors had an embezzlement problem and part of it happened on the watch of Michelle Vass. Ouch.
Now we have multiple issues suggesting that Vass lacks the experience or history needed to be an effective Rocklin City Councilmember.
Police recommended that financial safeguards be put in place to protect the group/s membership dues, but that was never done, said association President Michele Vass.
Soon the association was being embezzled again.
The assistant to the executive had been promoted and was the new financial caretaker. Within two years, she began stealing money. In January 2007, the association discovered that the nightmare had started again. This time, 145,000 had been embezzled, Vass said.
Why didn’t Vass do what was suggested by law enforcement? Was she too unsure of herself in her position? Was it because of a lack of experience?
How could we expect Vass to assert herself if called upon on the Rocklin City Council? The intertia of City Staff, the local business network and that web of control can be suffocating.
It is clear that the embezzlement that occurred under the watch of Michelle Vass could have been prevented. But, she did nothing.
Now the recent college graduate who lives in an apartment has multiple credibility problems as a candidate for Rocklin City Council as what little public history there is of her is not good at all.