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Open meetings

By From page A7 | April 18, 2014

EDITOR:

To begin this communication we first must understand the meaning of the words used … “bureaucracy,” according to Wikipedia is: “a body of non-elective government officials” and/or “an administrative policy-making group.” The word bureaucracy is from the French word bureau (desk or office) with the Greek word kratos (rule or political power).

Republic according to Wikipedia: “is a form of government in which power is held by the people and the representatives they elect.” Democracy “is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally — either directly or indirectly through elected representatives — in the proposal, development and creation of laws.”

Can it get any simpler than that, and this is what “We, the People” want for our country, state and our nation. We want our elected representatives to represent “We, the People.”

Agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) have been allowed to become a bureaucracy making rules and holding political power and doing so “behind closed doors” and around our “elected representatives,” and “We, the People” are paying the price.

Government Code Section 54950-54963 regarding open meetings has it clearly stated: “In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this state exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.”

It continues: “The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and whit is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”

ELLEN DAY
El Dorado

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