LilygateEditorial, Online Only, Top Highlights Thursday, August 16th, 2012
We now have one fall guy for Lilygate, Matthew Hardick. Good ole Hardick has taken full responsibility for the water gun event in Balboa Park. He managed to include the recovery community in his Facebook post admitting responsibility for the desecration of the lily pond.
“I’m in the recovery community so I’m always looking to build and develop safe, clean sober fun so people don’t have to go to bars and ightclubs… bringing a sense of what it was like when we were kids,” Hardick said. My friends in the recovery community were not pleased to be brought into this situation.
The police are not stupid. They should and will fully investigate who set-up the Facebook page for the event. Based upon the hierarchy of names that was so quickly deleted after the fiasco in Balboa Park, Hardick was the sixth person added to the Facebook event page.
The Facebook page was started by Ken St. Pierre. When St. Pierre set up the page Hardick was the sixth person that was added as an organizer because he was not driving the event.
I can imagine St. Pierre sitting in front of his computer and saying “who should I add to the list of organizers of the Facebook page?” You, Matthew Hardick, came in seventh. First was Ken St. Pierre himself. The next name added was Travis Meyer. Then Iriz Stone. Then Jennine Estes. Next Christopher Walden. Then Jim Honeycutt. And finally Matt Hardick, before Kevin VanWanseele and Corinna Lewis. That is the order of people added to the page. So I would assume that Hardick is the seventh person to get involved.
As I said the police are not stupid. They will fully investigate who arranged the Facebook page that went “viral” and it clearly was not Hardick. The police can also find out who invited people from the page first, second, third and beyond.
Hardick’s admission of guilt is not the end of the story, it is the beginning. I hope no mysterious money is deposited into his bank account to pay off the damage to the park. Hardick will soon be a felon if fully charged with felony vandalism.
Hardick is taking responsibility, which I applaud. However, there are many others who should be held to account. Until they step forward and admit their roles, this story is far from over. The Internet is a very unforgiving place. The truth of who, what, where and when is out there in the ether and the police will discover it.
Councilman Todd Gloria has suggested on his Facebook page that he hopes the other organizers will come forward so we can move on. We will move on when everyone who helped organize, promote and attended the event admit their wrong doing. That can so easily be done in the world of Facebook. Then the city can move on. Not one moment before.
So San Diego stay tuned. Paging Johnathan Hale, we want to hear your story about Lilygate from your mouth. It is clear that Hale promoted the event on Hale Media’s website. Hardick has said you were not at the event, but others have disputed that claim. Is there a picture of Hale at the event or was he asleep in Rancho Bernardo?
It will all come out in the end. We are just at the commercial break in this real life “Law and Order” episode. We think we know who done it, but I have a feeling there will be a surprise ending.
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