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Last Tuesday (May 20), the board shut down all of its work for next three weeks with little thought to the public’s needs. Who is advising these people? Is it their legal counsel or some political operative holding campaign money?
Supervisor Ray Nutting was not convicted of a felony. A hung jury on the only other felony charge is not, I repeat, not, a conviction.
Yes, he was convicted of misdemeanors.
He is not the first board member who was arrested and was convicted of a crime. Helen Baumann comes to mind with her DUI conviction in 2008, and no one shut the board down to wait for her sentencing.
I looked through El Dorado County Charter, and there was no reference to being removed by other board members and no reference to a crime being grounds for removal, whether its felony or misdemeanor.
The people voted Ray Nutting in, and it will take the people to vote him out. Start up a recall petition if you want him out.
But the other board members, county counsel, the auditor-controller and the district attorney do not have the authority to stop Ray Nutting, an elected official, from doing his job. Remember the convicted Bell officials? It took a recall election to get them out.
This board does not have the authority to block off District 2’s representation. That is against California law.
Now, they’ve shut down everybody’s representation for three weeks.
Why was the board in such a panic?
On Tuesday, they stopped the meeting after it had already begun. The public was sitting there in the chamber, and suddenly the board confronts the audience to tell them there will be no business then and no business for another three weeks.
It’s time for the board to stop jumping to whoever pulls their reelection strings and start thinking about the people and businesses in this county.
The Board of Supervisors needs stand up and act like professionals, not like little children hiding in the room because a jury didn’t agree with them and they’re scared.