Los Osos officials playing games
February 25, 2014
OPINION By TOM SALMON
Shame on the Los Osos Community Services District, they have scheduled a Special Meeting, to appoint a replacement for Director David Vogel, who inadvertently moved outside the district boundaries in December, at a time few will attend.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m., not only is that family dinner hour, but this is the same day the county will be hosting two community wide forums at the Los Osos Middle School to discuss the nuances of the wastewater project, one from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the other from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The LOCSD has experienced resignations/appointments in the past; they were done in full view of the public at a regularly scheduled meeting of the board, at the community center, video tape memorialized and replayed twice daily on the Los Osos cable channel. Historically, and as is the case in most agencies, the applicants will give a short informational speech, the board members ask questions of the applicants and then deliberate and appoint. The meeting replays on television twice a day until the next meeting takes place and is aired in its place.
The appointment process was laid out and approved at the LOCSD’s Jan. 6 meeting when they accepted Vogel’s resignation. The board and staff agreed to make the appointment at the regular March 6 meeting. The general manager went so far as to say that she would be hard pressed to present the applications and agenda any sooner.
This surprise shoehorning of the LOCSD special meeting between the county’s town-hall meetings is not only disingenuous to the interested public, it reeks of lack of transparency. If anything the applicants, board members and staff should be in attendance at the county’s meetings.
Candidates who have taken the leap, by throwing their names into the political ring had better be willing to accept criticism and praise of all types. They are suggesting they are the best suited to represent the people of Los Osos. The board should be equally willing to accept criticism and praise for their choice of appointee. This game being played with the special meeting, special place, special time, when the public distracted, is just that, a game.
Three seats are up for November’s election; Los Osos needs representatives who are not going to play games, essentially hiding from the public.
Tom Salmon, is a longtime Los Osos resident with 35 years of expertise in statewide public infrastructure.
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