Calaveras County Supervisor Steve Kearney’s Aug. 5 letter to the editor shows he takes no responsibility for his relationship with his constituents. He thanks his fellow board members for not certifying the recall signatures and says he would have voted the same way. That is precisely why he is being recalled and why we must unseat Cliff Edson in November: They refuse to listen to constituents!
Kearney says “disciplining a member for a policy decision would be wrong.” He is not being disciplined for “a policy decision.” He is being recalled because 1,832 people object to his disregard for their health, safety and well-being and his failure to reach out and address their concerns.
Here are the steps District 5 voters took over this past year to get Kearney’s attention:
1. Almost 1,000 people signed a petition to make the asphalt plant subject to an environmental review and conditional use permit.
2. Hundreds of people sent letters and emails asking him to protect the community from impacts of an asphalt plant in their neighborhood.
3. Six appeals of the decision to allow an asphalt plant in a residential neighborhood with no conditional use permit were denied. The following week, the board of supervisors increased the appeal filing fee from $100 to $600, denying many access to government process.
4. His response to the notice of intention for recall was to call voters “elites” and “economic terrorists.” An elected official who calls his constituents names is unfit to serve. Many of the recall proponents supported him when he ran for office, and some are business owners.
If a random person shouted obscenities at Mr. Kearney, as he claims, there is no evidence it was anyone on the recall team. I saw nothing of the sort. Despite what members of the board of supervisors claim to have heard about alleged incidents, many people have good reason to be angry. The supervisors are obliged to implement the will of the people. They refused, again. They don’t deserve to hold office. Vote Kearney and Edson out.