Tony Butka: "Eastside Adelante PAC-Paying the High Price of Democracy?"
To provide some context, the PAC meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Benjamin Franklin Library at 6pm. Has forever. To set the agenda for these meetings, the Board’s Executive Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday to prepare and finalize the agenda. These Executive Committee meetings are normally scheduled by the PAC’s Chair (Vickie Castro) and/or the CRA/LA Staff assigned to the PAC.
Well, this month the Chair never called for an Executive Committee meeting, and neither did the CRA Staff. By doing this, in a first class bureaucratic maneuver, there would be no February meeting. No Agenda, no meeting, right? However, there was an article in La Opinion which first raised the question of whether this was a coincidence or a deliberate attempt to punish the PAC for voting with the Governor and against the CRA/LA.
Since Ms Castro was not available for comment and the CRA evidently assured La Opinion there was no attempt to punish their renegade PAC, who knows for sure what the deal is.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Faced with the reality of no February meeting, some of the Board members got together and created an agenda based on previously approved Board items and carryovers from prior meetings. That agenda was duly posted and the meeting was on.
Or would have been, except that there was no quorum and there were no CRA/LA staff present, so no business could be conducted. Coincidence again? It is reasonable to assume that at a minimum the Board members and the CRA/LA bureaucrats are aware that with 14 Board members, the PAC must have at least 8 present for a quorum. And it would seem to stretch coincidence that the three CRA staff members who know that the 4th Tuesday is the monthly meeting would suddenly forget.
For the record, as they say, here is a list of the Intrepid (those who attended), and the Absent:
Mary Kristine Kolker (PAC Vice-Chair)
Vickie Castro (Chair)
Eleanor Hernandez (PAC Secretary)
Cesar Armendariz (USC Representative)
Eve Del Real
The Missing CRA/LA Staff:
Eliza Fraga (Spanish Translator)