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San Mateo County Supervisors do it again. Refuse to publish SamTrans Transit Expert seat available soon.

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner on Nov 28, 2010

Application deadline is December 6, 2010

Bruce Blashone
"unlike every other commission vacancy listed on the page, the SamTrans Transit Expert post contains no information, no link to detailed information describing what the position entails, what qualifications one may need or even whom to contact to make such an application. Regardless, the deadline to apply for the unusually classified Transit Expert seat on the SamTrans board is Dec. 6, 2010."
"It appears that the Board of Supervisors is again embracing an opaque and anti-democratic process to install a friend to an important county post. Whether the lack of a public and transparent process is a sin of omission or a sin of commission it really doesn't matter. This is bad government and it needs to stop immediately."

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Comments (10)

Posted by Disgusted, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 29, 2010 at 7:58 am

Just one more example of the county's power machine doing what it does best: Maintaining absolute control over government agencies and keeping out the riffraff. Can anyone remember when the words "public process" meant anything in this county? This is disgusting.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 29, 2010 at 8:04 am

This kind of behavior will continue until the citizens demand change - unfortunately most citizens just don't care.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Nov 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Just checked the San Mateo County's webite, the links for this seat are still dead.

Web Link


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

Still no correction. This is an e-mail I sent to Marshall Wilson of San Mateo County on 11/30/2010

Hi Marshall,

Would you please look into this for me. The County's website works perfectly well for all of the other links except this one. Also please tell me what the reporting/noticing requirements are re: this position.

Web Link


Thank You

Michael G. Stogner


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

I have just emailed the Board of Supervisors regarding the SamTrans Transit Seat Application Deadline. Here is my email:

Dear Supervisors,
I am asking you to extend the time period for the SamTrans Transit Seat Application. The reason for my request is that the county's website which lists the subject matter is not linked to anything. There is no way for the pubic to find out what the qualifications are or what the job entitles. I'm sure there are many citizens of San Mateo County who would like to know about the availability.

Here is the link to the county's website where the SamTrans link is not working: Web Link

I have also sent an email to Marshall Wilson regarding this same issue, with no response back from him; here is a copy of my email:
"Hi Marshall,

Would you please look into this for me. The County's website works perfectly well for all of the other links except this one. Also please tell me what the reporting/noticing requirements are re: this position.

Web Link
Thank You

Michael G. Stogner"


Thank You

Michael G. Stogner


Posted by grateful, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

Mr. Stogner, Thanks for staying on top of this. I hope you're not ignored and that the decision makers understand they are supposed to be accountable to the public.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

I have just recorded a video on this matter. Here's the link:

Web Link


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Dec 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm

The Board of Supervisors have extended the time period for all the citizens of San Mateo County to try to find out what the position might be or if there are any requirements for the position. The only catch is the links on the County website still don't work.

The Good news is you have until December 31, 2010 to figure it out.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I have made an update video regarding the Secret SamTrans seat availability. The deadline has been extended to December 31st.

Here's my video: Web Link


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Dec 12, 2010 at 7:31 am

Thank You to the Almanac for allowing this thread to stay up. I think this is important information. I posted this same story on talkabout on the coast and the links to it are now DEAD. I guess to publicly report on the behavior of the Supervisor is too much for them.

I did report that the deadline for this rare seat had been extended to the 31st, what I didn't say was the link on the County's website is still dead so you really have no idea what the requirements are if any.I have read that a Daly City Council member wants to be appointed he held this seat before for something like 10 years but was removed for his miserable attendance record. Daly City council is the one that some say Illegally reduced the City Clerks salary right after she was elected. I'm not sure if this is the kind of guy SMC wants.


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