Thanks to some vigilent citizen watchdogs spreading the word, we learned that Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood called a special meeting of the Oceanside City Council today at 4 p.m. The meeting just barely met the minimum public notice required.
Ask yourself dear Rostra reader why the council would be in such a big hurry to have an unscheduled meeting on a Wednesday afternoon? Could it be anything to do with the fact a new City Council with a newly elected member will be sworn in the next morning on Thursday, December 2? Hmmm. Could it be anything to do with the fact the Council will vote on three proposed labor contracts with police officers and firefighters?
The San Diego County Taxpayers has called on the council to postpone the meeting, and other regional tax activists are sounding off as well. The meeting will likely take place, but not in the quiet, anonymous way the Mayor and Council hoped it would.
Practically speaking, it’s unlikely the vote won’t change just because of a shift in one seat. Reporter Ray Huard writes in the North County Times that the closed session vote was 4-1 to approve the labor contracts, so even a 3-2 swing wouldn’t matter.
This is not the point, however. The point is that shenanigans like this one are the reason why so many people don’t trust elected officials and find it hard to believe anything they are told. The Council is saying to voters, “We don’t give a damn whether you care about this issue. Your input is irrelevant to us.”
What cracks me up is when proponents of tax increases, bond measures and big civic projects come back to those same voters and profess to be shocked at their cynicism and negative, distrusting attitude toward them and their issues. “Why don’t you believe us?” they whine. Honey, wake up to reality. If you’re truly that naive and unaware, you shouldn’t be making tough decisions in the first place because you are far too stupid.