An old adage says, “There is no such thing as a dumb question…. unless you already know the answer.”
With the suspension of the Brown Act mandate by the State of California, the current Wildomar City council will no longer have to fear the uncomfortable public humiliation of asking a “dumb” question while engaged in public debate.
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Currently, under the Brown Act constraint, no City Council member can discuss any agendized item with more than one other city councilmember. However, if they discuss it with two other council members, either directly or serially, they would have conducted secretive deliberation with a council majority (three members of a five person board), more commonly known as a “backroom deal.”
Needless to say, this probably goes on, intentionally or inadvertently, in Wildomar.
In contrast, the Board of Trustees of the Wildomar Cemetery District consisted of a three-person board, so Brown Act constraints prevented any preliminary discussion between two trustees, since that would constitute a board majority. As a result, the only place to have a conversation about anything was during a public meeting. Some of our board meetings became rather heated, which was good for our democracy.
As result, public deliberation in future Wildomar City Council meetings will likely have a much “smoother” presentation and appearance, as the casual, friendly conversation between the affable and friendly council colleagues, will be conducted in private, prior to council meetings, in order to make sure that any uncomfortable “questions” will be “asked and answered” before the city Council meetings occur.
“Practice makes perfect.”
The antidote to this “warm and fuzzy” arrangement, is to elect future councilmembers who can remain outside the social spiderweb that will entrap and destroy the “common good” of the community of Wildomar, through the lack of openness and transparency.
Naturally, of course, I will be offering my status as a “pariah” and social attributes as the “ultimate outsider” to the citizens of Wildomar in the November 2012 election.
Currently, most likely due to the effect of Wildomar Magazine, only one of the five current City councilmembers even speaks to me in public.
Not that it matters to me, since I have been snubbed by the best.
Back in the day when I attended Lake Elsinore City Council meetings on a regular basis, seeking information for the mocking pages of Elsinore Magazine, I would be having a private conversation with another individual, when former-Mayor Pam Brinley would deliberately step between the two of us, sharply spinning on one heel, fully exposing her well-nourished backside to yours truly.
No one in public office in Wildomar has ever matched Brinley for her exquisite “snubbery.”
The only one to come close was former-Mayor Scott Farnam, who physically assaulted yours truly (he was annoyed by a WM article) at a private residence, during the December 2009 Christmas Party for staff and elected officials. (Visit the January 2010 WM archives for the details).
At the time, I would’ve preferred a simple snub.
Who knew that “Outsider Status,” would be the ultimate antidote for backroom deals in Wildomar?
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