May 20, 2003
1456 East Philadelphia Street, #144
Ontario, CA 91761
2041 East 4th Street
Ontario, CA 91764
Re: Acker vs. city council
I am really confused over this Acker situation.
Is she not the people’s elected
representative? Is this not a democracy, where the people elect other people to be
their representatives? Ms. Acker may be a genuine total “pain in the gazouch” to
the “old boys club” of our city government, but did we not elect her?
Why do we bother having a city
council? It appears that in a city manager form of
government, the city manager really runs the government and the city council is only a
rubber stamp. The only thing they appear to do is appoint (hire/fire) the city manager
and then step aside. Are we really a representative form of government or have the
civil service employees actually usurped the role of government? Under a rather stupid
interpretation, civil servants have “ownership” of their jobs under the 5th and 14th
Amendments, so they are in a position to ward off any attempt to direct, control, or
admonish them. It appears to me that we have a dictatorship of the “non” elected civil
service. I certainly didn’t vote for any of them.
Further on this subject, is not
the government supposed to be transparent?
information is being withheld from Ms. Acker, and why? Or from any citizen for that
matter? Why are the names of the accusers being withheld? It appears to me that the
city council and city manager ran all this behind “closed doors”, and have greatly
curtailed Ms. Acker’s ability to represent the people who elected her. Did the city
council authorize the expenditure for the “secret” investigation? If not, who did and
under what authority?
Why do we not have a city administrator form of government where the mayor, an
elected, official responsible to the people, runs the government? What we have here
is non-elected executive branch of the city government. I expect that if you publish this,
I will be subject to retaliation and harassment from the “boys”. If so I will be happy to
work for a full-scale State and Federal investigation (and/or a recall effort) of what
appears to me to be a situation possibly rife with corruption (else why all the
RICHARD G. LITTLE
By the way I am a Southern White Anglo-Saxon protestant,
heterosexual male. I was born in
Fort Worth, Texas in 1932, but I have been a Californian since 1956, which is
longer that most people in California. So,
I believe that I speak with some knowledge on the “old boy” thing.
I just completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration at CSUSB in
December of 02, and I am appalled at the executive power in the hands of
non-elected civil service personnel.
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