Do Away with Marin County Supervisors' Slush Fund

The last real potential patronage fund in all of California.

How is it the Marin County supervisors have a discretionary fund, called something else after the Marin Grand Jury scathing report of 2001, still available to them? The 2001 Grand Jury recommended elimination of this fund and the supervisors just changed the name, to a real nice community name, and made a few changes to the process.

The fund is still the only fund in ALL of California at the discretion of elected politicians.

Why is this in place? It would be great if you asked the supervisors by email on the Marin County website.

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Bob Ratto November 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Well said, when Al posted that it was recommended back in 2001, it made my head spin!...11 years later, and nothing done. The reason nothing is done is this is political patronage at it's worst..."here, I will dole out some money to your super-worthy cause"...and of course, you will re-elect me... The computer fiasco? $30MM+ gone, lawsuits ongoing Pensions may be well over a billion?...(depends upon return assumptions) Kowtowing to ABAG/MTC/BAAQMD..check Handling of Lucas'?...disaster ...and the list could go on and on...you are right, it is time for a changing of the guard! P.S. The book is a great read so far!...Just need more time to finish it!
John Parnell November 13, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Bob - Very good points, and as always with you, so eloquently written. I can't wait to read your book btw. Also, you're so right about the trolls. Life is too short.
John Parnell November 13, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I really should have said "Bob's".
Al Dugan November 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Mr. Gallagher well stated. The one issue that really drives me crazy is spending $30M on a computer system and we have nothing for it. As I have said many times my board would have fired me immediately just for that. These supervisors have two assistants and I run a international company and have on assistant. Where is the accountability?
Al Dugan November 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Well said and right on point by both Bob S. and Bob R. Steve Kensey gave $5,000 from this fund to the Canal Alliance before the election this year. Mr. Kensey carried this area in the his election bid. I have a real problem as it is difficult to believe this did not influence voting by contributing to this group. This is a classic case that shows the fund gives incumbent supervisors and additional $125,000 of "stealth" patronage money and is a significant disadvantage to any challengers. I believe the Grand Jury should again address this issue. And Bob S. you are right, the biggest issue if their failure to do the right thing on this issue.


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