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Viewpoint - October 27, 2010

Letter: Vote no on county Measure U

Editor:

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

Comments

Posted by Leslie, a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Oct 27, 2010 at 7:15 am

Hail Hail.

Let's get some fresh air in the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and let's do that by eliminating the current practice of appointing "friends" and "colleagues". Remember, San Mateo County is the only county in California where the Supervisors do not represent the District they live in, but the County as a whole....this means we have to be vigilent as a County...

There are many detriments of insular and carefully devised poilitical control. Look at the state of San Mateo County:

We have 5 democrats, 3 in place by appointment who represent us. These same people vote on the same Public Pension plan they are included in.

San Mateo was listed among the top 10 counties nationwide troubled by rising pension costs as ranked in an Oct. 13 study by Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. The study found San Mateo County has $2.5 billion in unfunded liability, which pencils out to $9,415 per household. The liability is 413 percent of revenue based on June 2006 data, according to the study which predicts the county would run out of assets to pay benefits in 2024....14 years.

It is clear the blame lies in the buddy system our Top county government employes, similar to the City of Bell.

Let's not forget Supervisors make over $120,000 a year, plus,life-long pension, full benefits, (medical, dental, life insurance, for their dependents as well, all into retirement).

Thanks for your time in this matter.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:13 am

Vote No on U it "invites political incest"


Thank You Henry for your service to the citizens of San Mateo County.


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