Mark Church, Rose Gibson, Carole Groom, Rich Gordon, Adreinne Tissier
were advised by the 2008-09 Grand Jury that Supervisors should be elected by district. The Charter Review Committee whose members were heavily influenced. They advised the Supervisors to let the voters decide this issue. Its that simple. Had Mark, Rose, Carole, Rich and Adrienne put this on the ballot there would be no lawsuit. The fact that the issue was not put before the voters had the effect of not only depriving the electorate of weighing in on this issue, it exposed the County and taxpayers to the expenditure of millions of dollars in the defense of this action. This expense will have been incurred with complete, prior knowledge on the part of these five individuals.
I attended at least 6 of the CRC meetings, and personally heard a rep. (of the group who is now suing) politely encourage the district election over at large with a declaration of intent to sue if that did not happen.
The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights sent then-president Rich Gordon a letter urging the board to change its policy and promising legal action if it didn’t comply.
Modesto challenged one lawsuit, it ultimately failed, costing that city $3 million in legal fees.
What a shame that these 5 individuals chose to cost the Taxpayers of San Mateo County so much money.
Wake up San Mateo County