You gotta love local government.
I attended a Mt. Diablo Health Care District board meeting in Concord on Thursday night and was surprised to find masking tape stretched along the carpet in front of the chairs for the audience with a note, “Please Do Not Cross The Tape.” (See picture below.)
I later learned that audience members at a previous meeting had slid their chairs perilously close to the table where the board of directors sits. Kris Hunt of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association says she and others at the meeting couldn’t hear the board members’ discussion, so they moved up.
Yeah, I know, I know. Kris can be very scary.
But she is correct. I had trouble hearing the discussion on Thursday and I wasn’t even sitting next to the office printer.
Keep in mind, this taxpayer-funded district is under threat of dissolution after years of inaction and four grand jury reports in which it has been shown to spend most of its money on overhead. Critics calling for its elimination have been particularly vocal during meetings and emotions run high.
But putting down a tape barrier is petty and unnecessarily confrontational. (It reminds me of my two crazy spinster great-aunts in Oregon who painted a white line down the middle of the house they shared.)
This is an easy fix: Borrow a small public address system and some microphones. Use them. And while you’re at it, record your meetings and post the audio files online.