Fireworks erupted at the conclusion of the final forum in the 2010 City Council race when Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman castigated Emanuel Patrascu for a quote by him on an election flier, which she said was a lie. Iseman was referring to a flier for which she said he had paid to be included that quoted him claiming that she had raised taxes by $11 million.
Quite a feat if true, Iseman said, since the entire council can't raise taxes without a vote of the people.
The flier also quoted Patrascu that he would never raise taxes.
Iseman said, in opposition to Patrascu's position, she proudly supported tax increases to pay for the purchase of property in Laguna Canyon and funding to help pay for the restoration of city infrastructure damaged in the 2005 Bluebird Canyon landslide. Both approved by the voters.
Iseman had been simmering throughout the forum and had tried earlier to respond to a statement by Patrascu, but was stifled by forum chair Piero Wemyss, who had decreed no rebuttals.