We Can Trust School Board President Affeldt to Conduct Secret Meetings Ethically
(Says President Affeldt)
Never Mind What the Law Says,
It's Better if the Public is Left Out He Says
|Hi, I'm John.|
Which brings us again to the antics of Emery School Board President John Affeldt (and Superintendent of the Schools John Rubio) and the still unfolding secret meeting Brown Act scandal and its attendant coverup. The Board's lack of contrition after the guilty players (they themselves) were exposed by their colleague, whistleblower Christian Patz, has been a deafening silence.
Why All The Secrecy?
A month into the scandal, after the tepid admissions of guilt from these two (a technical violation of the Brown Act and 'mistakes were made' you understand), we're left facing the 800 pound gorilla in the room: why does this school district feel the need to operate in secrecy to begin with? Why is it these 'superintendent committees', the same ones the editorial board of the Bay Area News Group calls illegal, why is it that the District is compelled to leave the public out of these meetings? What are they discussing in these meetings behind closed door that they need to keep hidden from us?
Secret meetings are wonderful!
It's rare that we do them
but when we do,
they're done professionally,
& for the children.
Are we just to take your word for it? Your word? The man who is so narcissistic that he can't bring himself to apologize to the public for his wrong doing on their behalf? Is it to be: everything will be OK if we just let you conduct School District policy in secret? And stop criticizing you or looking into your culture of secrecy you've promulgated at Emery Unified School District?
Without throwing out a few tawdry "for the children" platitudes this Board and school district so often uses when their wrongheaded policies are exposed to the light of day (or when their backs are against the wall, their culpability in illegal activity is exposed), let's just say, NO, we're not going to just trust you. You have to stop conducting the people's business behind closed doors; we're paying for it and we have a right to know.