EDITOR: Auditor-controller is an elected position and a powerful one at that. It's the top financial officer in the county, and that officer's perspective on public service and government transparency will affect every department. That officer can work in the public's interest or be beholden to a narrower clientele — special interests that exert political pressure to bend the county budget to their ends.
The current occupant was appointed, not elected, following a retirement. The county administrator presented David Sundstrom to the Board of Supervisors for a temporary term, pending the election. There was a reason that he was looking for a new job, given his track record of costing Orange County nearly $150?million due to a politically motivated budget allocation decision that got his county sued by the state.
I trust Gary Wysocky to honestly represent the public interest and to be independent of the county administrator in his analysis and decisions. That independence is threatening to certain special interests. Don't get distracted by Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley's smoke bomb "investigation," set off in the public cafeteria, surprise, just before the election in a manufactured bureaucratic abuse of his authority.
Vote for Gary Wysocky to represent the public interest and to keep the county bureaucracy accountable.
EDITOR: There is a sickness in our community. Its name is "hate." It most recently raised its ugly head at the Palm Drive Health Care District board meeting Thursday evening and was aimed at board members who had to close Palm Drive Hospital in the face of massive debt, deteriorating infrastructure and unsustainable operating costs.
People of west Sonoma County are understandably upset and grieving at the loss of a treasured asset, but the behavior of many of those who spoke at the meeting was shockingly, shamefully bad. One poor soul even called the board members "murderers." Is this acceptable behavior under these circumstances? Is it acceptable at any time? Not really.