Sept. 17, 2013 — As I write this Wednesday morning, it’s not officially official, but I’m quite certain it’s already a done deal. Herlong businessman Tom Hammond is in and Jack Hanson is out as Lassen County’s District 5 Supervisor.
First, I’d like to thank Hanson for his years of service on the board. In my opinion, he is an honest and honorable man who served his constituents well for more than a decade — despite contrary opinions expressed by some who sought to oust him.
And second, I’d like to offer my congratulations to Tom Hammond on his election to the board of supervisors. The recall campaigns took more than two years to complete, and along the way Hammond even had to ask the Lassen County Superior Court for a writ of mandate to force Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante to move the election process forward. An arduous road, no doubt, but he prevailed.
This recall election proves our system works, and I wholeheartedly support the people’s right to determine who will represent them.
With Hammond’s election and his promised business-expanding leadership and representation for district 5 residents, I hope the bitterness and discontent that has festered like an angry boil in the South County since Hanson first commented on rumors of efforts to recall him during the public comment portion of the board’s April 26, 2011 meeting might finally find a cure. At that meeting Hanson also apologized for an insensitive and inappropriate statement he made during an April 19 closed session evaluation of Stone, and he acknowledged he improperly revealed confidential information he should have kept to himself.
I only submit this post recall food for thought for your fair consideration because it’s curious how movements in politics start with one thing and then morph into something entirely different.
At the April 19 meeting a week before Hanson’s revelation, a motion by District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick to give Stone a $25,000 a year pay hike because he’d assumed the county’s human resource director responsibilities died for lack of a second. Representatives from several county bargaining units attended the meeting to oppose Stone’s proposed raise. They said employees all across the county were doing more without pay increases, and Stone should do the same.
Wosick criticized his fellow supervisors for their decisions, and he said Stone got “a raw deal … Tuesday’s fiasco achieved nothing more than appeasing a few members of the community.”
Stone said he took the board’s lack of action on his pay issue as a vote of no confidence.
“Pay is not a motivator,” he said, “but it can become a demotivator … I’m not sure where we go from here.”
Ah, methinks a rift is born.
And the day after Hanson’s revelation, April 27, two people who are not district 5 residents stopped by the Lassen County Clerk’s office to inquire about the procedure to recall Hanson.
So now dig this — rumors circulating around town suggest new recall efforts soon may be launched against one and perhaps two members of the board. And the county clerk, too.
Now if the people want new representatives and government officials, that’s their right. I can neither criticize nor object to the people’s expression of their will. Why would I? That’s how our system works. It’s the American way.
So hang on to your hats, folks. This local revolution ain’t over yet.
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