Osborne seeks action

By Michael Raffety

Mountain Democrat 5-7-14

Since January, when Director Alan Day took the chairman’s gavel, the board followed his recommendation for a two-stage process of acting on district issues. That process involved staff making a presentation one meeting and coming back with the same presentation at a later meeting for the board to then vote on the proposed action.

Director George Osborne recommended April 28 shaving that process down. Osborne asked “to allow the board to either take action or continue the item during the first presentation of the item.

“This modification allows the board to continue the item to a future meeting if additional information is requested by the board prior to action being taken on the item,” he wrote in his recommendation.

“A lot of what we do is regulatory and perfunctory,” Osborne told the board. “Now we’re slowing the process down.

“We’re elected to make decisions. Sometimes those decisions take a lot of work, sometimes not so much,” Osborne said.

Director Bill George, who seconded Osborne’s motion, said, “We always have an opportunity to continue. An awful lot of what we do is repetitive. It takes extra staff time. We have made it clear to staff not to bring something that needs to be done by Friday. We get a little more time cushion.”

“I think there’s a lot of items. I think it’s absolutely important to have time to reflect on what’s in here (the agenda packet),” said Director Greg Prada. “I don’t know what I’m going to do until I’m driving to the meeting.”

“I understand we did this in the beginning because we had two new board members and to give the public more time to comment,” said Director Dale Coco. “I’d like to say go back to the old way. Any director can ask an item to be held over.”

“It would require a board vote to hold over,” Day said, adding that he wanted to “give the entire board time to review and reflect. It’s healtSince January, when Director Alan Day took the chairman’s gavel, the board followed his recommendation for a two-stage process of acting on district issues. That process involved staff making a presentation one meeting and coming back with the same presentation at a later meeting for the board to then vote on the proposed action.

Director George Osborne recommended April 28 shaving that process down. Osborne asked “to allow the board to either take action or continue the item during the first presentation of the item.

“This modification allows the board to continue the item to a future meeting if additional information is requested by the board prior to action being taken on the item,” he wrote in his recommendation.

“A lot of what we do is regulatory and perfunctory,” Osborne told the board. “Now we’re slowing the process down.

“We’re elected to make decisions. Sometimes those decisions take a lot of work, sometimes not so much,” Osborne said.

Director Bill George, who seconded Osborne’s motion, said, “We always have an opportunity to continue. An awful lot of what we do is repetitive. It takes extra staff time. We have made it clear to staff not to bring something that needs to be done by Friday. We get a little more time cushion.”

“I think there’s a lot of items. I think it’s absolutely important to have time to reflect on what’s in here (the agenda packet),” said Director Greg Prada. “I don’t know what I’m going to do until I’m driving to the meeting.”

“I understand we did this in the beginning because we had two new board members and to give the public more time to comment,” said Director Dale Coco. “I’d like to say go back to the old way. Any director can ask an item to be held over.”

“It would require a board vote to hold over,” Day said, adding that he wanted to “give the entire board time to review and reflect. It’s healthy for the board. It’s healthy for the public. It protects the board minority’s rights. Three members can ram something through.”

“Anytime you try to extradite things something gets sneaked through,” said audience member Joe Fuller of Cameron Park.

“It’s difficult for me as a member of the public to see things come through twice,” said Paul Raveling, adding that few members of the general public have time to come to the meetings.

“I support Director Day. Back up when the board packet is available two days,” said Jon Jakowatz of El Dorado Hills. “Let one board member’s request be allowed (for continuance).”

“We’re not always the most popular guy on the block,” Osborne said.

“We could get the opposite — tyranny of the minority,” George said.

When George called for the question, Day responded, “I’m president…” and that he would have the last say because he calls for the vote.

“You’re president, not king,” George said.

Osborne’s motion passed 3-2, with Osborne, George and Coco voting yes and Prada and Day voting no.hy for the board. It’s healthy for the public. It protects the board minority’s rights. Three members can ram something through.”

“Anytime you try to extradite things something gets sneaked through,” said audience member Joe Fuller of Cameron Park.

“It’s difficult for me as a member of the public to see things come through twice,” said Paul Raveling, adding that few members of the general public have time to come to the meetings.

“I support Director Day. Back up when the board packet is available two days,” said Jon Jakowatz of El Dorado Hills. “Let one board member’s request be allowed (for continuance).”

“We’re not always the most popular guy on the block,” Osborne said.

“We could get the opposite — tyranny of the minority,” George said.

When George called for the question, Day responded, “I’m president…” and that he would have the last say because he calls for the vote.

“You’re president, not king,” George said.

Osborne’s motion passed 3-2, with Osborne, George and Coco voting yes and Prada and Day voting no.

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