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Citizens sought for school bond oversight

Original post made on Jun 5, 2012

The Palo Alto school board is seeking applicants to serve on a citizens' committee overseeing expenditures under the school district's $378 million "Strong Schools" facilities bond program.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 2:16 PM

Comments

Posted by senor blogger, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

The Bond oversight Committee is actually an Bond Aftersight Committee.
It only reviews actions several months after the fact.


Posted by Scott, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm

These oversight committees are just cover scripts for the various elected officials to claim cover, instead of them taking on the nasty issues.

Don't buy into it!

Don't sign up!

Elected officials need to stand up for what they believe. If we don't agree, then we can boot them out of office. This is democracy, for better or worse.


Posted by agreed, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Agree with you Senior Blogger and Scott, except it's more like aftersight YEARS after the fact (if we're lucky)...

However, Scott, the vote isn't enough to guarantee competence or lack of graft, oversight is important. I'm not sure a citizen group chosen by the very body whose decisions they are supposed to oversee is the way to do that! You're absolutely right about the cover issue, though. They do that with various disingenuous acts like inviting public input in forums designed to prevent any substantive input but give the appearance of having accepted it to deflect later criticisms.