Monday, November 27, 2006

There is nothing you can do about it

If you have to ask for someone’s permission to hold them accountable; they are not accountable.

If they create and maintain the ability to dodge accountability at will; they are not accountable.

Accountability is fatal to corruption and incompetence. Corruption and incompetence exist only because honest accountability does not. In the absence of accountability the public is protected only by the trustworthiness of public servants. When the trust is being betrayed; we are compelled to recognize that trust is a poor substitute for honest accountability.

It is not power that corrupts. It is the lack of accountability for the abuse of power that corrupts; absolutely.

APS Leadership has the wherewithal to dodge accountability. They can act against the public interest; and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Albuquerqueans watch APS board meetings in person or on TV. The broadcast version of the record has been repeatedly falsified. They have deliberately and methodically misrepresented the truth. APS’ Rigo Chavez says that it isn’t dishonest to deliberately misrepresent the truth to the community because, it isn’t the “official” record.

And there’s nothing you can do about it.

Except go to the next board meeting and defend the principle that public servants are honestly accountable to the public; and to a meaningful standard of conduct.


Anonymous said...

I went to the APS website looking for the time and place of the Wed. Dec. 6 meeting, but it's not there! The School Board part is hard to reach, the Calendar is blank, and the meeting info isn't given anywhere else. It sure looks like they don't want people to watch them.

Anonymous said...

I found the meeting info on their website after all -- there are calendars linked to the Parents and Contact Us pages.

[Wed. Dec.]6

4:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting, CNM Smith-Brasher Bldg., 717 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM

and also the next day:
[Thurs. Dec.]7

5:00 p.m. Board of Education Policy Committee Meeting, APS DeLayo-Martin Community Room, 6400 Uptown Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM

I wonder what that's about?

ched macquigg said...

This would be very unusual. I will check with the board manager and post the results