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Editorial: District elections for supervisor

Original post made on Feb 26, 2010

There is a political sleight of hand going on right under the nose of San Mateo County residents, but unless there is a major public outcry, it doesn't look like much will change.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm

"The sneaky behavior is the now common practice of candidates for county supervisor to either be appointed or run unopposed." I disagree with this statement. I am a candidate now for district 3 and have 4 other candidates running for that seat. I do support a vacant seat to be filled by election over appointment. I was one of 11 applicants for the vacant seat caused by Jerry Hill running for Assemblyman after he won a 4 year obligation to San Mateo County. I was the only applicant who asked the remaining 4 Supervisors not to appoint any of the 11 and please send this to Special Election.

Sneaky behavior You be the judge: Look at the websites of Supervisors Mark Church, Rose Jacobs Gibson, and Adrienne Tissier. check out the committees/boards they are members of copy that. Now go to the Service League of San Mateo County and look up the members of that private organization, you will see them listed there but not on there official website. Those three individuals appointed Carole Groom. She is pretty much running unopposed.

Charter Review Committee is discussing combining elective offices. I don't think that is a good idea Coroner under the Sheriff. They are also discussing Accountability/Oversight of other elected County Officials which they have always had the authority to do under Gov. code 25303. The Supervisors have been miscreant in there failure to Supervise Sheriff Greg Munks and James P. Fox and others. CRC is looking at the Private Defender Program which is also exclusive to San Mateo County, all 57 other Counties have Public Defender.

Citizens now is the time to pay attention

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Posted by running scared
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

The following sections are from the California State Government Code and describe the state mandated requirements of county supervisors as regards filling vacated public office.

Please note the distinctions made by the framers of this law between elective and appointed office, and the specific exclusion of appointed supervisors from the scope of authority whereby appointment may be made for replacement.

I am not an attorney, but it seems on first glance that the intent of the framers is that the term of the temporary appointment may not extend beyond the 'next regularly scheduled election'.

It seems clear to me that the intent is place vacant elected supervisorial positions and even appointed supervisorial positions into the hands of the electorate at the next available election.

It is time that all of us start to understand the state governance of our county government and not allow them to reinvent a wheel which is crafted at a lower standard than state mandate.

25304. The board of supervisors shall fill by appointment all
vacancies that occur in any office filled by the appointment of the
board and elective county officers, except judge of the superior
court and supervisors. The appointee shall hold office for the
unexpired term or until the first Monday after January lst succeeding
the next general election.

25304.5. If on the first Monday after January 1 following a general
election the person elected to an elective county office has
resigned or died, the board of supervisors shall provide that the
office which was made vacant shall be filled at the next regularly
scheduled election. The board of supervisors may appoint a person to
temporarily carry out the duties of any office to be filled by such
an election and that person shall serve until the results of the
election are declared.
The person elected shall serve for the remainder of the term which
began on the first Monday after January 1 immediately preceding the

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

Call it intuition, but I think there is a big change about to happen and it will come from places not even I could imagine.
IF only we were ALL privy to the sources of monies which keep this entire COUNTY afloat without many independently rich seekers of an operable wisdom for the change that is sorely needed, I would love that Robin Hood to swing forward.......too many people who love their ailing RichHood--and then just lop off the heads of the corrupt and encourage the guilty to admit their participation--The MAGICIAN is the ruling card and distraction the worn out method.
Vague, but we all know about Denmark and how the word "rotten" was used to describe the local atmosphere without having to do an expose.

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