Letter: MCC restructuring is minor compared to what’s needed for Board of Supervisors


By on Fri, January 30, 2009

On Tuesday, January 27, the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously (5-0) to restructure how the Midcoast Community Council will operate in the future. This was, unfortunately, not unexpected. Most supervisor’s votes appear to be "slam dunk" votes. It seems that they operate on the principle of "You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours."

This is such a minor restructuring as compared as what the BOS should do to get themselves on the same page as nearly all of the 58 counties in the state, including San Francisco.

They need to rethink how they should be elected to the board. A supervisor should only be elected to office by the voters in the district who they will represent…not countywide.

This would promote more discussion on issues and decrease the amount of "slam dunk" votes that currently seem to prevail.

My wish is that someone would fund a countywide initiative that would ask the voters two things:

  • Should supervisors be elected to office only by the voters in the district that they will represent?

  • Should any vacancies that occur must be filled only by the voters in the district where the vacancy occurs?

John Lynch
Half Moon Bay