Condition of Restoration
On Oct. 27, six months after secretly barring me from closed session attendance, Tri-City Healthcare District Board Members openly restored me on one condition: they reserved the right to exclude me from any and all future closed session agenda items by vote.
Tri-City voters, after representatives, are free to recall them at any time for any reason. Federal and California courts also have legal authority to remove elected officials from office.
Although our state has not vested special district elected representatives with this power, the hospital is working hard to create legal rights by simply declaring that they now exist. Who died and made our Board Members Kings and Queens?
I was recently excluded from a daylong Strategic Plan retreat, a core board duty. How many other politically embarrassing open session items are now routinely buried in closed session? “Opaqueness,” declares Tri-City, “Thy name is now Transparency!”
Note to self
As one gets older, your memory starts slipping. What to do? Of course you can write notes to yourself.
If you see something needs to be done, finish what you set out to do, then do the other. If I have an appointment I write it out on a sheet of paper and leave it on the dinning room table, you’ll keep seeing it.