Opinion: RMAC CENSORING OF PUBLIC COMMENTS
Open Letter to: Kim Kerr, Assistant CAO
EDC Parks Division
330 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
RE: RMAC CENSORING OF PUBLIC COMMENTS
REQUEST TO PULL CONSENT ITEMS FROM 2/18/14 RMAC AGENDA
[RMAC = River Management Advisory Committee]
Our organization is in receipt of your letter dated February 11, 2014 and postmarked February 13, 2014 regarding the above captioned matter was received Saturday, February 15th. However your letter fails to address the issues of CENSORSHIP brought up during the November 19, 2013 Annual RMAC meeting held at the Marshall Gold Discovery Park Museum, during the January 28th the subsequent RMAC meeting that same evening.
As you are aware I personally record all public meetings where I address relevant items on behalf of those who cannot attend in person. We are perfectly aware of the location of the agendas/minutes/video/audio links posted on the county Legistar web site. Your redundant letter skirted the communication breakdown and the lack of transparency and accountability of EDC public servants to the taxpayers. (Please refer to the EDC Org Chart) The following February 18, 2014 RMAC agenda items need to be pulled and corrected prior to approval: ÿ Consent Item RMAC12-021 – Approval of the November 19, 2013 RMAC Annual (not Regular) meeting: The minutes should NOT be approved as you recommend. The minutes are still INCORRECT whereas they do not reflect the relevance of my comments like all the other speakers. They merely state “M. Lane submitted a written statement and read the statement into the record. The statement is attached.” The topic was the lack of EDSO representation and RMAC censoring public comments. Why were my comments censored again?
RMAC13-022 appears to have been deliberately abbreviated to eliminate very important questions I posed during Jeff Horn’s BLM update relevant to Chili Bar litigation, American River Conservancy acquisitions, BLM acreage, etc. The public has the right to access this information before it is ‘pre-digested’ and regurgitated to the Board of Supervisors for their action. Please correct the minutes to accurately reflect this vitally important information.
Additionally the 1/28/14 minutes fail to mention the conflicting information concerning the EDSO representative to RMAC. Sheriff D’Agostini will need to address this topic prior to approval of both the 11/19/13 and 1/28/14 RMAC minutes since public comments are required to be reflected in the RMAC Annual Report submitted to the Planning Commission. (Refer to the attached Official Request made to Sheriff D’Agostini presented during the 2/4/14 BOS Open Forum.)
These core issues remain obfuscated and diverted by county staff:
1. WHY wasn’t the basic content of my comments about the lack law enforcement and censoring briefly identified and entered into the minutes of the 11/19/13 Annual RMAC meeting? This request was made in the presence of Parks Manager Vicki Sanders, River Supervisor Noah Rucker-Triplett and to the Board of Supervisors on numerous occasions.
2. The preamble of the Brown Act states in part: “The people, in delegating authority, do NOT give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people do NOT yield their sovereignty to the bodies that serve them. The people insist on remaining informed to retain control over the legislative bodies they have created.” By what authority does the CAO supersede citizens First Amendment rights thereby determining what the public should or shouldn’t know about RMAC operations???
3. Sheriff D’Agostini still has not responded to the issues involving EDSO lack of representation and required involvement in RMAC as mandated by the River Management Plan (see attached EDSO letters dated 12/15/13 and 2/4/14.) What lawful reason can you cite for the delay???
It appears the Sheriff, BOS, CAO and other county employees are in violation of their fiduciary duties, oaths of office as well as HR personnel policies and procedures. The BOS has been made well aware of the potential for liability created at the expense of EDC taxpayers. Please refer to my transcript submitted into the public record during Public Comment of the February 11, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting (not yet posted to Legistar.) I respectfully request that the approval of the aforementioned RMAC minutes be pulled from Consent and detained until such time they are corrected and the relevant issues addressed by appropriate county staff. Please ensure the entirety of this correspondence is distributed to RMAC delegates and posted via Legistar for the public record.
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