Opinion: Chairman Briggs lacks Transparency & Accountability
To quote our Constitutional Sheriff D’Agostini, “…Hold their feet to the fire. Mine too. I work for you.”
Weekly citizens come before the BOS to conduct the people’s business. Rarely do they receive a response to legitimate questions that the public has a right to know. Or, as was the case on August 27th, Chairman Briggs called a recess and walked out of the room without cause when challenged about his lack of transparency & accountability to constituents.
During Open Forum last week I delivered a very serious message when I reminded the Board that silence is consent. Consent means to acquiesce, agree, permit or allow. Supervisor Mikulaco’s mocking and exaggerated Cheshire cat grin was very disturbing and disrespectful. The week before Counsel was caught on video winking at reporter Chris Daley regarding LUPPU issues.
On August 27th I submitted to the Board two California Public Record Act requests for information which the law says you are required to respond within 10 days. Two days delinquent I received a partial response via electronic transmission from the Clerk to the Board combining both CPRAs into a chaotic mess.
Such conduct by public servants raises more questions about the function of El Dorado County leadership than it answers. Was the intention to deliberately deceive, was it a matter of staff incompetence…or is it just the typical BS—Bureaucratic Shenanigans?
We do not silently consent to abuse by elected representatives. Counsel, you’ve also taken an oath of office. We are concerned about the demonstrated inconsistencies of our elected representatives. An explanation is in order. Would you please respond for the record?
Supervisor Briggs demonstrated the same disrespect for constituents he showed Sheriff John D'Agostini and retired Marine Norm Mahalich back in March 2011. That PR Pond video of the “Petulant Supervisor” made the evening news throughout the greater Sacramento region and those vodeos have been viewed more than 10,000 times!