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Supervisor Horsley, Please Reconsider Your Decision

Supervisor Don Horsley breaks election promise.

Dear Supervisor Horsely:

When you ran for supervisor in 2010, you promised your constituents that if they voted for you, you would not take a supervisor's salary, since you already were collecting a sizable pension from San Mateo County.

Now you have reversed that position on two grounds:

  1. Your original pledge did not say "forever." However, it did clearly imply that no salary would be taken while you were a supervisor. The only way you can remain consistent with this pledge would be to keep your promise not to take a salary for your current term, and when and if you run for re-election, tell the voters you no longer plan to work without salary for your next term.
  2. Your financial circumstances have changed, since your mother-in-law requires assisted living/medical expenses. I'm sure many of your constituents are sympathetic to this problem, but as you well know, a huge number of them have financial problems well beyond your own.

Although you can take back your promise, your voters cannot take back their votes. Therein lies the problem. I would invite you to reconsider and withdraw your decision on reneging on this promise within the next 30 days. Barring this reconsideration and reversal, I will start a recall petition so voters can take action based on your broken promise to them.

Sincerely yours,

Michael G. Stogner, San Mateo County resident

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James Lee Han January 13, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Thank you Mr. Stogner for calling him out and helping to bring attention to this issue. The more people pay attention to their local government, the less likely officials like Horsley will be able to get away with such brazen about-faces.
Lois Garcia January 14, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Where do I sign?
CP January 22, 2013 at 12:41 AM
I add my thanks to those who kept the pressure on Horsley to keep his promise to voters. Thank you!! Now can we get whistleblower rewards implemented ? Pine's proposal for whistleblower reward shot down by Horsley and others. What are the County Supervisors afraid of? Bankrupting the system? If they have appropriate controls in place, as they should, minimal impact and cost/benefit then well worth the whistleblower reward!
Andrew Peceimer January 22, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Would Horsley have done this without pressure from Michael?
Michael G. Stogner January 22, 2013 at 02:17 AM
CP, I hope you will start another thread on this very important subject, I have been interested in for 12 years now. Supervisor Rich Gordon tried to bring an ETHICS standard for the Board of Supervisors to obey....They made sure he never tried that again. Supervisor Dave Pine is at least trying even though I think it is a watered down version of what is needed.....New Thread please.

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