When the Rancho Santiago CCD trustees speak, there always seems to be an ulterior motive. An example is the recent controversy regarding the possible appointment to fill Jose Solorio's Area 1 seat.
John Hanna stated, “I’m supporting this because I want to give us the option. It doesn’t necessarily mean I will vote to appoint someone.”
What Hanna means is he wants the option to give him time to find someone he can appoint that will fall in line with his views. Hanna is the RSCCD board kingmaker and to keep his throne, he needs to appoint a loyal follower.
There is no logical reason for any public board to appoint someone when an election is weeks away. If one is looking for logical reasons, other than Phil Yarbrough, you won't find them coming from the RSCCD board members. It seems like everything they do results in a controversy based on illogical reasoning. Their ridiculous Saudi Arabia partnership is still reverberating throughout the community and now something as simple as to appoint or not to appoint gets headlines.
We should give credit where credit is due.
Chancellor Raul Rodriguez now seems to be on the ethical bandwagon with his comment that it would be unethical for the appointee to portray themselves as an incumbent. Yarbrough, probably the board's ethical conscience seldom gets any credit. Had it not been for his strong comment that he has no interest in an appointment "whatsoever", it's doubtful the backpedaling by Hanna and Claudia Alvarez would have occurred. It's for this reason I am running for the Area 7 seat. I want to end the self-serving interests of certain board members and represent the needs of the entire community.
So while there is usually an ulterior motive when an RSCCD board member speaks, I am comfortable in stating trustee Yarbrough's ulterior motive on this latest controversy has simply been to do the right thing.
Rudolph "Rudy" Diaz is a retired county of Orange engineer. A taxpayer advocate, Diaz is involved with the Concerned Orange Taxpayers group and is a former Governor George Deukmejian appointee to the California Library Services Board.
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