Bob Murray got an earful Wednesday night.
Murray is president of the company selected by the City Council to recruit a successor to City Manager Ken Frank, who will retire at the end of November. He hosted a public meeting at City Hall to hear what the community thinks would make an ideal successor, attended by about 30 folks, disappointing to some.
"We are here because we love this community," said Village Laguna founder and longtime resident Arnold Hano. "The people who are not here are not here because they love this community."
Hano said that the absentees were more perhaps more contented with the status quo than those at meeting.
"This is a great little town," Hano said. "We would like it to remain as little as we can. We would like it to remain as great as we can."
Hano also paid homage to Frank's ability to juggle conflicting interests in Laguna, considering the limits imposed by counting to three — the majority of the council.