Please be advised that by responding to my public comment regarding your conduct during this current election campaign that you have committed a Brown Act Violation.
As you know full well, when members of the public speak to elected officials in the public comment period for matters not on the meeting agenda, those elected officials are not allowed to respond to the public's comments within the confines of the meeting. My plea to you to please conduct your election campaign in a more respectful manner by refraining to use your close relationship with a newspaper editor in Santa Clara County to print falsehoods about your opponents was not a matter agendized for discussion yesterday evening.
Yet after my comment had finished, you used Agenda Item "G" - a placeholder item with no description in the agenda or the full board packet -- to respond to my comments. The appropriate time for commissioner comments was under item "D" in which commissioners are explicitly allowed to make personal statements. This item had already passed, and you instead used "G" to respond without even bothering to make a motion for all commissioners, including yourself, to be given an opportunity to speak under this placeholder item which did not explicitly state that you had the right to do so. This meant that you were given two opportunities to speak at length on matters not agendized for discussion, while the rest of the board received only one.
In the past, Commissioner Comments has been the last item on the agenda. This has given commissioners the opportunity to speak at the end of meetings, after public comment has taken place. If you would like to have Commissioner Comments moved back to the end of Harbor District meetings as has always been the case up until very recently, I would suggest you speak to staff and ask them to make that happen. Although you would still need to refrain from responding to the public, I would absolutely be happy to support you on that request.
Finally, I reiterate the plea I made to you last night. Please conduct your campaign in a more respectful manner. Negative campaigning is a cynical tactic that discourages voter turnout, particularly among younger voters, first-time voters, and independent voters. I don't believe that that is something any public official wants to be responsible for, and I would also be more interested to hear a positive message from you and your campaign. I'd like to hear more about what you are running to get done, and not who you are running against. For example, if you would like to discuss with me ideas on how the Harbor District can improve geographic equity -- something you claimed to be concerned about during your appointment interview last year -- I would love to speak with you about that.
Thank you very much for the hard work you do on behalf of county taxpayers,