David Jones: Out of town means out of reach

March 19, 2014 

Holding meetings out of town that impact local decisions and our local future causes me grief. The recent meeting in San Francisco regarding the new courthouse is a prime example. Are these meetings to avoid local input? And why can’t they be done here? After all, this is where the courthouse will ultimately be built. The closed sessions are also very troubling, and closed sessions seem to be becoming the norm. Whatever happened to government of the people, by the people, and for the people?

Recently, as people are elected or appointed to positions of power or authority, there is a magical transformation: They become anointed with wisdom. They know what their constituency needs, they will spoon feed it to them, or stuff it down their throats if need be. The actual courthouse location will probably not have huge impact on my life, but parking is a concern. Has consideration been given for nearby parking for seniors and handicapped? If not, I would like to suggest the vacant lot at the southwest corner of Ninth and G, the former site of Modesto Lumber.



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