Some elected officials spend a great deal of their time dodging responsibility. Getting elected, and getting reelected is their primary focus and the county suffers for it. They are clever about it, of course. They have all sorts of quick steps. One trick that really pokes me in the gizzard is the use of overpaid consultants to make “hard” decisions.
While around California municipalities are failing, crushed by the weight of budgetary malfeasance, very poor management decisions, and corruption scandals, Riverside county has been fortunate. There have been some problems but we are people of a different stripe than you find in the urban areas. We are old school Californians and still maintain those social, community and family values that made this the greatest state in the nation.
There are not really all that many hard decisions in government. What makes decisions “difficult” is that politicians don’t want to be held responsible for anything. To avoid having to answer to the people of Riverside, they bring in someone from far away, pay them millions of our tax dollars and in return get told to do what was obvious in the first place.
As County Supervisor I will not duck behind consultants. There are some issues that need an expert to look at and advise us on, but most of what a County Supervisor must make decisions on is just not that complex. I will save us tens of millions a year with one simple moral act: I will take full responsibility for my decisions.
In addition I will root out these same bad habits in our staff and administration. The culture of pass the buck, dodge responsibility, and hide mistakes under piles of paperwork must change. Our county leadership neglected the inner workings of their offices and the morale of our good public servants is at an all time low. I promise you that our county workers - from the clerk who serves you at the marriage license window to the directors of our largest services - will remember it is YOU that they work for.
With determination I will reform our county offices. Each county worker should be actively incentivised to provide quality customer service. Through labor saving technologies, through strong, compassionate leadership and through determined training and inculturation, our county offices will transform and refocus themselves. We will again serve the public first and foremost and we will do it with speed, diligence and courtesy. Riverside WILL prosper.