Commentary: Broadcast the Fire Board Meetings


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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 5, 2005

Sac Metro Fire had planned to start broadcasting its public meetings on cable TV as early as this month. Then, suddenly, some board members got camera shy.

It seems one of their colleagues is an ex-prison guard. If former inmates knew he spent two nights every month at board meetings, he thinks that might pose a danger to him and his family.

That's ridiculous. Current and former law enforcement officers serve on public boards throughout our region. They are on city councils, in the Legislature and in Congress. They appear on television all the time.

If the Sac Metro board were to take the concerns of its nervous member to their logical and absurd conclusion, they would hold their public meetings in secret.

I suspect there’s another reason some board members want to pull the plug on TV. Sac metro fire is in turmoil. Its chief and his top deputies recently resigned amid heavy criticism of the board.

The public needs to see this board in action.  If a Metro fire board member really believes service on this publicly elected body places him in danger, he needs to resign. The rest of the board should let the cameras roll.

 

Ginger Rutland writes for the Sacramento Bee Opinion pages.