On the campaign trail, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised that his administration would be way more open than the disgraced mayor he was replacing.
“Kevin Faulconer believes restoring trust, integrity and confidence in City Hall starts with transparency,” Faulconer’s campaign website said.
Now more than eight months into his term, Faulconer has stalled on a number of key transparency promises. And Faulconer blames other city officials for his inability to follow through.
Faulconer isn’t sticking to his pledge to make all city communications related to public business public and he’s delayed an audit and task force to examine the city’s transparency policies. Let’s take them one by one.
Faulconer’s Not Making All City Communications Public
Faulconer pledged that all communications by city employees related to public business would be made public. That included emails and text messages from city employees’ private accounts and cell phones if the messages involved city business.
But at least one city department is refusing to turn over such information, and Faulconer isn’t doing anything about it.
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Him and Jerry Sanders are two yahoo's who really don't do anything other that posture for the camera. Last night KUSI's weather man Mark was trying to do an interview with them, but they were rude and just laughed at him. DISGUSTING PIGS
It is almost impossible for any Executive branch operation to practice the level of "transparency" candidates pretend to offer to pander to voters. That is true whether one likes or dislikes Faulconer or Obama. Governing requires some departures from transparency,
Yes....and the public waits for that polywonks departure by terms limits, losing re-election or re-call.
The issues on the federal level are quite different because they involve national security. On the local level, we are legally entitled to open government. The courts are upholding what the legislature had enacted. Impossible and inconvenient are two different concepts. If you want privacy, do not go into local government. Without local transparency, politicians line their pockets. Our local election laws are different, too. It is a false equivalency argument that you have used. Being powerless is a choice that I refuse to make.
Maybe I will be the next person to file a lawsuit against our city officials. They can pay me for my time and expenses. Or, the Mayor can spend the money to comply with the law. He might try to overturn the Public Records Act. Poor man... trapped by his own words and compelled by law to be transparent. May I point out that he is a hypocrite? That Obama is one, too, is not a defense.
Candidates are almost required to promise more than they will deliver, regarding this issue and others. Transparency seems to me to go beyond what is required by law.
Apparently you are unconcerned about transparency in government. I don't know that applies to the majority of the public whether they are vocal about it or not.
Mayor Faulconer's actions reflect the Republican "actions" of his political backers. If the Public actually knew what goes on in City Hall behind the "Smoke and Mirrors" they might be appalled. The Auditor can be requested to do an audit, as took place for the Jerry Sanders/Todd Gloria/Kevin Faulconer (Audit Committee Chair) failed Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. efforts. That $2.7M in City Money had no findings of fault, and there is no reason to believe that another Audit would find anything - or is there?
Mayor Faulconer's failure to follow through on his pledges is nothing new.
What would be new is Politicians with Integrity who actually do what they say and say what they do.
There Must Be Something To Hide - otherwise why no Transparency?
Keep digging Liam - and report your findings.
@Kevin Swanson So who's really in charge?
"Pay no attention to the men behind the Curtain" - as you look at the financiers of the Elected Officials. Oh, that's right, you cannot look at what goes on behind the Curtain because access is blocked.
Did you read VOSD article on how Faulconer was selected over DeMaio and Roberts by Republican Backers that included Jerry Sanders?
The Problems include not knowing who's in charge, resulting in a lack of trust in the System.
@Kevin Swanson If there is someone behind the curtains, more or less, manipulating the mayor, than that would make our mayor more or less a figurehead of sorts.
Why would anyone expect anything different from Faulconer? Those of us who live in the District he used to represent would call this a yawner. The man is a pure politician meaning he will say whatever he thinks he needs to say to get elected or to mollify people. His follow through is non-existent.
City officials are dodging the issue of using text messages on their smartphones in violation of the California Public Records Act. The plain language of the PRA does not exempt texting. I am sure if I texted my ex - girlfriend, my wife would claim that I was "communicating" with her. Likewise, the NSA might be interested in texts.
Obviously, the city needs to be slapped with multiple lawsuits in the interests of open government. Our City Attorney will probably lose those cases and pay the attorneys fees and costs out of taxpayers funds. In some cases, no doubt, individuals in the city government should pay these attorneys fees and costs rather than the taxpayerd.
Former Councilmember Donna Fry brought the use of texting as a back - channel means used by city employees and officials to defeat open government to our attention. Attorney Cory Briggs has obtained favorable court rulings.
Let us all get together on this issue and demand that these practices end. The city cannot use the excuse of "national security" to conceal their communications.
In automobile accident litigation, parties are able to obtain by subpoenas copies of texts to show texting while driving. Security agencies can obtain these communications as well. Thus, there should be no expectation of privacy while doing public business on a smartphone. That would effectively defeat the purpose of the PRA.
San Diego needs to get ahead of the curve on this issue, as promised by the current mayor. Lack of funds is not a defense. What are they hiding? We all know the answer to that.