Clerk-recorder Greg Diaz and the county counsel agreed to remove them from the county website to comply with California privacy laws, including 6254.24, a decision supported by nearly all other counties.
But our local “hard right” political contingent including former Supervisor John Spencer, some leaders of the county Contractors Association and now — we learn — tea party activist Barry Pruett have all been highly critical of Diaz’ and the county’s decision. They are complaining about a minimal cost, well below what the county would normally charge, suggesting an “anti-business” agenda.
Supervisor Ed Scofied got personal, telling The Union: “I wish that Greg would be a bit more cooperative with us. I’m not sure our board is entirely convinced this is the right way to go.” (For the record, Scofield contributed money to Pruett’s campaign against Diaz).
(You’d wish that Diaz was treated as respectfully as the board treated one another, when it came to a recent dispute about whether to endorse a Science Series).
Well, guess what, now Assessor Sue Horne and Tax Collector Tina Vernon — who both happen to be registered Republicans — will face the same issue as Diaz’ office when it comes to posting county records on the internet.
A memo from David Gau, California Board of Equalization instructing all assessors to restrict internet access to an expanded list of people, including electeds, is here.
In fact, a meeting is planned at the Rood Center with other department heads soon to discuss this, according to my sources.
In the end, Sue Horne and Tina Vernon will be faced with the same conundrum as Diaz.
I wonder if the hard right will bash them, as they did Diaz. I doubt that, because they helped Sue get elected. Some of them supported Tina too.
This is a classic example of small-town politics at play, as I’ve said all along. I keep looking to somebody to lead us out this.
A link to the code is here.
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