Ah, I love the smell of “off the record” in the morning. It smells like … journalism! Well, sort of.
Last week in this space I took exception to the Redding Tea Party’s establishment of rules that would not allow the Redding media to report on the question-and-answer session during its townhall meeting with U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa. They said that portion of the meeting was “off the record.” I also wrote the Redding media and the congressman should not have gone along with the Redding Tea Party’s attempt at prior restraint — that is controlling a news source’s content before it is published or broadcast.
April 9, 2013 — Lassen County residents who follow our local judicial system and are interested in witnessing spectacular developments in local politics firsthand should have an interesting couple of days at the courthouse next week. The court’s decision in one case could allow a recall election of District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson to move forward. And the court’s decision in a second case involves the risk of at least $1 million of taxpayer money.
First up is the matter of a request for a writ of mandate filed last summer by South County resident Tom Hammond seeking an order from the court to compel the Lassen County Clerk to accept 70 pages of recall petitions the county rejected because the clerk said the proponents used a form that had been previously rejected. The clerk is adamant she clearly rejected the form, directed the recall proponents to make corrections and told them they could not use that form.