Imperial County has made significant strides over the last decade. No longer can we consider ourselves the sleepy, insular community where crops are king.
We've grown in size and scope, from a mushrooming population predicted to double in less than 10 years to an area where the government employs as many as farming.
The change, for the most part, has been good. But if we want that positive change to continue, we need to cast off the last vestiges of the old guard, and that's the way some of our governmental bodies continue to conduct the people's business. By this, we mean the backroom dealings that continue to plague some boards, ranging from school districts to city councils. And mind you, it's not all, but it's some.
The Brown Act, California's open meetings law, was enacted to protect constituents from those in power making decisions out of the public eye. And while many boards, or their representatives will tell you they are in compliance with the Brown Act, that compliance is only technical in nature and a violation in spirit and intent.