I encourage a "no" vote on county Measure U, which would change the way vacancies are filled on the Board of Supervisors and in other county elected offices.
The critical part of the measure is how vacancies occurring after Oct. 15 (of the third year of the term of office) are filled. One of the options is by appointment by the supervisors. The 2008-2009 civil grand jury warned the supervisors that the "... power of incumbency is demonstrable and should not be bestowed by an appointment."
Resignations can be shrewdly timed so as to allow supervisors to make appointments, pre-empting voter participation.
The current charter, and the proposed measure if approved, would continue this form of "political incest."
Measure U is undemocratic.
Henry Organ, a member of the 2010 San Mateo County Charter Review Committee and a resident of Menlo Park