UKIAH – Following the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors unanimous yes vote on the proposed budget, workers will protest what they call a misuse of authority in cutting short the public’s opportunity to weigh in from the previously scheduled three hearings to just a few hours on Monday.
SEIU Local 1021 Mendocino County Chapter President Dave Eberly blames the government’s perpetual lack of transparency and accountability for criticism from county workers, the public and a scathing 2013 Grand Jury report.
“On Monday, Sept. 9, The Board of Supervisors once again took a step away from the people they represent and from democratic transparency by passing a budget unanimously, without question, without discussion, without community participation.
As long as the elected leaders refuse to question their appointed administration or listen to their constituents, people and families in the County will suffer, alongside the local economy. True leadership would include open dialogue, with a balanced plan to not just stockpile reserves, but to prioritize people and decent wages whenever possible. It is clear the county is playing a financial shell game with the residents and with the County budget. It’s time to stand up as a community to put people first.”
About 200 county workers, community members and allies as well as the President of SEIU Local 1021 Roxanne Sanchez, will be protesting at noon in front of the Administration building about the disrespect elected leaders and their appointed administration have shown toward workers and the public through this budget process.
WHAT: County Workers, Allies to Protest Lack of Transparency Surrounding Budget
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 10
TIME: 12 NOON
Where: County Admin. Building 501 Low Gap Rd.