The Kern County Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve Supervisor Ray Watson’s version of bylaws for a Mountain Communities MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) on Tuesday, Dec. 15 in Bakersfield at 9 a.m. (1115 Truxtun Avenue, Supervisor’s Chambers).
The first MAC in Kern County was established by Supervisor Don Maben in Rosamond. His bylaws call for elected representatives after a first round of appointments. Supervisor Watson’s bylaws for the Mountain Communities do not allow elections, calling instead for members of the council to be appointed by Watson, with no provision for elections in the future.
In interviews and in public meetings, Watson has stated that the Mountain Communities must show him that "they can work together to accomplish something positive" before he will consent to elections for this area.
The Mountain Enterprise has written an editorial in the Dec. 11 issue stating in detail the reasons why his comment is baseless. It asks why citizens of District 2 in Rosamond should have more rights than those of District 4.
The McMAC is Item 14 on the regular agenda.
This is the item:
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
14) Proposed Resolution from Fourth District Supervisor Raymond A. Watson to establish the Mountain Communities Municipal Advisory Council and proposed bylaws –
When they come to that issue, the chairman will ask if there are members of the public who wish to speak about the item. Those who do may address the board and explain their thoughts about the bylaws being considered.
This is part of the December 04, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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