I believe Supervisor Bruce Gibson lacks honesty. Why?
Gibson knows the chair holds extraordinary power over board agendas and is, therefore, highly political. Pretending the selection of the chair is merely “ceremonial and routine” is dishonest. Gibson knows every item requires public comment. Printed agendas never specify comment periods for every item. Gibson also knows hearing public comment after a vote does not “cure” a Brown Act violation. The public can only have input when comment is received before a vote is taken. A revote was necessary.
Gibson knows District 4 was short-changed upon Paul Teixeira’s passing. Caren Ray should have become chair. Instead, Gibson assumed chair for 11 2/ years. Electing our District 4 supervisor vice chair now cures that.
Gibson admits Supervisor Adam Hill held chair in 2011. Hill was not the “logical choice” when Supervisor Debbie Arnold has not had a turn.
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Gibson now fears “partisanship will be playing a central role in policymaking.” Worse, Gibson uses the boogeyman labels “COLAB” and “Tea Party” to bring partisan ideology right into his “apology for allowing the routine to get politicized.”
Gibson’s broad-brush invective smeared each of the 100 persons in attendance on Feb. 3. Gibson misrepresents the many nonmembers of the above groups and implies those who are members don’t deserve a voice in their government.
In truth, it is Supervisor Gibson’s — and Hill’s practice of routinely ignoring the “same old faces” who attend, attempting to be heard, that caused this issue to ignite. Mr. Gibson should apologize for that.