• Cynthia Ward

    The High Speed Rail Authority used to operate like that. They refused to video or audio their meetings, an attendance was made worse because they bounced all over the State in the name of “access” so you never knew when the next Board meeting or Cmte meeting might be near you or hours away. They claimed the meetings were reflected in their official Minutes, which were not released to the public until approved by the Board, and of course they would wait MONTHS to approve the minutes so by the time you found out something was being discussed they were ready to vote on it. Oh you did NOT want your business to be taken for right of way we may or may not eventually use? Well where were you when we discussed this months ago? Right? Activists did the same, showed up for EVERYTHING they could, and developed a network up and down the state, so when meetings were n So Cal those of us down here would report in, Central Cal, same, they had activists there, and up north the peninsula was crawling with angry people willing to drive a few hours to tape a meeting. We got the BEST stuff from those tapes, including a classic discussion between Mehdi Morshed and then-Chair Pringle, with Morshed basically admitting those involved with CHSRA were blowing conflict of interest, and Pringle trying to silence him without looking like he was trying to shut up his CEO.

    Anyway, I say that to say THANK YOU to those who put in the time and effort to attend these long boring meetings where one is forced to sit and tear their hair out watching sausage being made. I have so many friends who say, “Cynthia I don’t know how you can do that, to sit through that whole thing,” And I ask, “How can you NOT?” No I don’t enjoy it, yes, I have better things to do, but if we don’t show up, guess what happens while our backs are turned?

    So thank you to Debbie Cook and all those who put in the time, away from family, ignoring the laundry and the backed up voice mails, and the millions of other things demanding your time, and getting the video that reminds our leaders who it is they are supposed to represent. If others could step up and pitch in by taking a shift, the work can be spread out and not fall solely on the shoulders of the few who do the job. Anyone out there want to step up? Commit to ONE meeting a month. Get enough to do it and nobody gets burned out.

  • RyanCantor

    I’m so glad it’s this agency that’s considering a multi-billion dollar desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

    They seem like straight shooters. I’m sure the public will get a fair, transparent, and reasoned approach to this single greatest ratepayer expense in a generation.

    • David Zenger

      “Billions for desal, but not a penny for transparency!” went the war cry.

    • Paul Lucas

      Most people have no idea that these bodies i e special districts have a much greater impact on our daily lives than does the POTUS.

  • David Zenger

    Thanks for a concise and perfectly clear essay.