I began a journey, approximately five months ago, when I signed up to run for a city council seat. I reached the end of that short journey when the County Registrar of Voters certified the results. And now as many of you have said, “The real work begins.”
I am thankful to all of you that supported me. There were a few naysayers as was expected, but for the most part, everyone was very positive and encouraging all the way. (I know some of you lost a few bets!) Of course I am most thankful to my husband and my children because they had to take a backseat as I pursued my own dream.
On December 11,2012 I took the Oath of Office to be your city council representative and I do not take that oath lightly. I ran on transparency and accountability, and this will be uncomfortable for some, but I will push everything out in the open. I believe in every word of the Brown Act and consider it my own personal motto.
The Sacramento Bee said of the act:
A law to prohibit secret meetings of official bodies, save under the most exceptional circumstances, should not be necessary. Public officers above all other persons should be imbued with the truth that their business is the public’s business and they should be the last to tolerate any attempt to keep the people from being fully informed as to what is going on in official agencies. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case. Instances are many in which officials have contrived, deliberately and shamefully, to operate in a vacuum of secrecy.
I realize that you may be concerned about the suppression of information and business being conducted in secret, but be assured that as we work together, the people’s business will be conducted in the open and you will be fully informed.
I have the utmost faith in We The People and look forward to working with and for you with my fellow city council members and City Staff to provide service that is efficient, accountable, and transparent.
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