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Let's keep our Police Chief and Fire Chief more directly accountable to the people

 

November 3, 2016



Let's keep our Police Chief and Fire Chief more directly accountable to the people by keeping them directly responsible to the City Council, rather than transferring this power to a City Manager.

1. True democracy holds elected officials responsible for major decisions.

Ten years ago the Culver City Charter Committee (comprised of residents from a cross-section of the political spectrum) spent almost a year assessing what form of governance best suits the needs of the people in Culver City.

The proposed Charter was put before the voters, who approved it.

(See http://www.culvercity.org/how-do-i-/learn/about-culver-city/city-charter)

The chain of command, making the City Attorney, CIty Manager, Police Chief and Fire Chief directly responsible to the City Council has worked well all these years!

Voting for Measure CA puts purported efficiency before democracy,

2. Fear tactic used to promote vote in favor of Measure CA.

Proponents' specious argument is duplicitous. Under existing law, the Culver City Manager is already the City's Director of Emergency Services with wide ranging authority. (Read more in the Official Sample Ballot, "Argument against Measure CA, page N LA 248 089 [8 pages before end of booklet]).

Why the pretense this chain-of-command does not exist?

3. If it's not broken, why are they trying to fix it?

Over the past ten years I have witnessed a positive relationship develop between our residents and our Fire and Police Departments. Why eliminate citizen participation through our elected officials when our communities should directly control the institutions that are meant to serve us?

In conclusion, I do not see how we the taxpayers benefit from this change to our City Charter. That is why I am voting NO on Measure CA.

Suzanne De Benedittis. PhD

Culver City

 

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