In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
The council last month reappointed Kevin Romick to serve a second consecutive year as mayor after Vice Mayor Carol Rios declined. In response, Councilman Randy Pope called for a revote last week, arguing that his colleagues' decision to break with the tradition of rotating the mayor's seat deprives him of the chance to move into the top spot before the end of his term. Do you think the council should reverse its vote on Jan. 22 and stick to its longtime rotation plan?
YES, I THINK sticking to the historical rotation is the way it should work. I thought the point was to give each member an opportunity to lead -- it is Randy's turn -- step aside Kevin.
LAST MONTH'S snubbing of Randy Pope for the mayoral slot may have been payback because he didn't go along with the council's unethical and likely illegal $366,500 sweetheart mortgage deal for the city manager. This kind of petty partisan politics is why Oakley needs to change to an elected mayor. Hopefully, the new council will place that question on the ballot.
I DO BELIEVE that the council's reappointment of the same person as mayor smacks of ill-conceived and political hogwash.
If one council member in line to be appointed, as part of their historical appointment process, declines the honor, then the other person next in line should be. Nothing against Kevin Romick -- it is just the right thing to do as part of the mutual respect for one another that should prevail. And, Kevin should've declined the questioned reappointment of him as one with integrity and rightfulness. Do it and move then on.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
The Brentwood Union School District has agreed to pay $950,000 to a Contra Costa family whose 5-year-old special needs child was thrown to the floor and kicked by a teacher two years ago, one of many complaints of physical and mental abuse by the teacher that went unreported to authorities. What do you think needs to change to ensure something like this doesn't happen again?
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