Mark Scaramella for Supervisor?
by Tim Stelloh, January 25, 2010
That's what Dave Smith over at Ukiah Community Blog is proposing:
If you’ve been reading Mark Scaramella’s insightful weekly reports on the County Board of Supervisors for the past few years in the Anderson Valley Advertiser, or gone to any of their meetings, you realize how utterly ineffective the Supervisors and CEO have become. With county budget deficits growing by the day, it is now alarming. Isn’t there somebody around in the 5th District who has the history, experience, smarts and toughness to ask hard questions, demand real answers, and help make reasonable decisions?
How about Mark?
Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry/Enology from Fresno State University. Ten years as USAF officer in aircraft maintenance management, defense acquisition and contract management, and logistics engineering. 15 years in defense and commercial contract engineering management, computer programming and consulting, technical writing, and part-time community college instructor.
Nephew (and political student) of the late former 5th District Supervisor Joe Scaramella, the best and most popular supervisor Mendocino County has ever had. Almost 20 years at the Anderson Valley Advertiser following county issues and politics in depth. 15 years as public rep on the Anderson Valley Fire Department Budget committee.
I asked him if he were a candidate for Supervisor in the 5th District what he would do about our looming problems…
"The only real county issue at this point given the badly declining revenues and state gridlock is how to introduce staff and contracting efficiencies, particularly in general fund departments," Scaramella told Smith. Were he a supervisor, he'd turn over half his salary for "specialists, auditors and attorneys to develop proposals for cost savings, workload decreases, and reasonable new revenues." He'd enlist retirees and volunteers to audit larger departments with the purpose of providing clear information--"instead of the governmental mush now referred to as a 'budget.'"
An interesting discussion followed, with Dan Hamburg wondering if Mendo government is as "totally incompetent" as Scaramella says. (Scaramella's response: "I’m not saying anyone is 'totally incompetent.' I’m saying there needs to be basic management and reporting. I’ve tried describing it but obviously it doesn’t sink in.)
Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt then Mendo-fied what began as a reasonable back-and-forth, declaring that no one with a background in the military industrial complex is suitable to be a supervisor in Mendoland.
Thanks for clearing that up, Brandon.
I mean, like, duh. Mr. S. is obviously a Pentagon toadie who couldn't give two turds about the county he spent the last two decades reporting on.