08/17/2005: "Regarding Stan Wagner's Praise of Ranker"
To the Editor:
Stan Wagner was very generous with his praise for Kevin Ranker and his support of Stephens ( Wagner Commends Ranker).
Regarding Stan Wagner's Praise of Ranker: Too bad Mr. Wagner doesn't look at Ranker before dolling out all the praise. Ranker as the Head of the BOCC working under the guise of Executive Session met and planned a huge purchase in what looks like 51 minutes. One week later he moved for (a Consent Agenda Item) the purchase of the $1.8 million dollar lot for Public works without ANY public discussion. To quote Mr. Wagner "What does count (in a BOCC candidate [sic]) is an ability to take on hard issues, complete them successfully in the political context by building consensus and seeing the larger picture."
Perhaps his current candidate demonstrates these skill, we shall see. The sitting chair of the BOCC has spent last few months trying to bypass the public disclosure process completely. He worked to close the deal so fast that any meaningful consensus building was not possible. That is just the down payment on a total project in excess of $8million. Would you like some control over the expenditure of your tax money? Me too!