First and foremost, Larry Wosick sits dias right with his personal agenda and his desire to change county government into one that fits his vision.
The district 3 supervisor apparently is ready to jump onto any and all conflicts across the county and turn them into his own personal causes célèbre.
From Eagle Lake to the Bly Tunnel to Herlong to Jack Hanson’s recall to the defeat of his fellow supervisors at the next election, Wosick seems omnipresent everywhere in the county except in his own District 3.
Now that the Bureau of Land Management has made a decision to close the valves in the Bly Tunnel, the board’s obsession with an item over which they have no jurisdiction may decrease, but it appears the Eagle Lake agenda may continue to take up the board’s time and energy.
The Eagle Lake Advisory Board has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, Feb. 16.
Board Chair and District 4 Supervisor Brian Dahle has announced his bid for the 1st District Assembly seat in Sacramento.
He’s got some well-financed and hard-hitting competition, so I’m sure he’s frequently going to be looking outside the county as he battles for a new job in the state capitol. His seat is up for grabs.
Two other members of the board are up for re-election — District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle and District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman.
Obviously the pressures of running for re-election — especially when you have another member of your board actively campaigning against you — can pull both of them far away from conducting the people’s business.
District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson faces a second recall campaign on nearly the same grounds as the first recall campaign that failed a little more than a month ago.
So the pressure of distraction hits all five members of the board. Regardless of their individual concerns, the board as a whole also faces issues and pressure of countywide importance.
The board needs to find a way to stabilize its employee base — especially the County Administrative Officer position. Tom Stone, the former CAO has filed a $10 million wrongful termination claim against the county.
The board has hired Marty Nichols, the City Manager of Red Bluff as the new CAO — he begins in March.
And our Interim CAO and County Counsel, Rick Crabtree, is headed to Red Bluff to take Nichols’ old job and continue to serve as the city attorney there as well.
Many other top personnel changes have come or are coming to the county.
All of these matters can stress the individual board members and drag the board as a whole away from its role of conducting the people’s business.
Despite these distractions, campaigns and vendettas, the people of Lassen County demand and deserve a functional board of supervisors working for their betterment.
We encourage the board and its individual members to take care of the personal business to which they need to attend, but they should not forget they are elected public officials who serve the people of Lassen County.
Don’t forget those of us who put you in public office.
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