Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

BOS needs improvement

EDITOR:

Isn’t it a shame when citizens have to show up at the Open Forum over and over again to lecture the members of our Board of Supervisors about their duty as leaders to be open, transparent, honest and impartial in their elected duties bestowed upon them by the voters? Quite frankly, I don’t think these current board members can be lectured enough, as more citizens need to start standing up.

I have to commend local resident and attorney Kirk Smith for showing up on June 11 and making such a presentation to our morally challenged board about open and honest government. Mr. Smith is the son of the late longtime resident Tom Smith and he eloquently lectured the board about the importance of its public fiduciary duties, lawful duties and responsibilities to the public to act beyond reproach. He lectured the board about some of its recent decisions, which don’t pass the smell test and don’t have the best public interest at heart, such as the county’s recent decision to rent the Logan Building in Diamond Springs after the county lost over a million dollars and was the subject of numerous grand jury reports. Mr. Smith went on to discuss that there are too many closed session meetings by supervisors who appear to be discussing too much business in secret.

Mr. Smith offered excellent advice as to easy and economical ways the board can improve its transparency to the public and vowed to come back each week and provide more ideas on how the board can operate in the best interest of the public. I hope Mr. Smith returns, as he had many good ideas that our Board of Supervisors could definitely implement to try and regain the public trust and do what is best for the community.

DARRELL WARREN
Placerville

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  • liamknuj313@gmail.comJuly 10, 2013 - 7:12 am

    okay

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  • Compass2TruthJuly 10, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Mr. Smith isn't the only one holding the BOS feet to the fire. Click on the 6/25 OPEN FORUM to view my formal presentation and the materials submitted for the public record stating that the BOS is in violation of their oaths of office, state and federal laws: http://eldorado.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=212

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  • Melody LaneJuly 10, 2013 - 8:27 am

    The 6/18 BOS OPEN FORUM is another worthwhile viewing: http://eldorado.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=209 * Note Sheriff D'Agostini was present for both the 6/18 and 6/25 foot-roasting--"You need a new Board. All of them. Hold their feet to the fire. Mine too. I work for you."

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  • G'Town WhistlerJuly 10, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    A well-written letter. Lets hope it lights a fire under citizens to wake up, show up and SPEAK UP at the BOS weekly meetings.

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  • WhatthejeclJuly 10, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    While Mr. Warren makes several good points, after over 30 years in this county I have no illusions that anything will change with the current BOS. We have one Supv. who should not even be on the board and we have no Grand Jury......it is not now or in the future in the best interest of the BOS to have open debates and discussions.........the citizens will always be the last to know....sad.

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