Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mayor Martin Chavez joined the fray

when he complained on the record about the lack of accountability in the leadership of the APS.

He wasn't dragged in, he wasn't tricked in, he joined of his own volition. He underscored his concern of the lack of accountability in the leadership of the APS by trying to assume control over the school board; fightin' words if ever there were.

So where is he now? The problems in the leadership have not been mitigated. If anything they have gotten worse because they are so egregious, so blatant, and so "in your face".

  • the refusal to provide an accounting of the uptown administrative complex
  • the refusal to surrender the public record of public corruption in the APS Police Department
  • the removal of the public forum from the public record
  • the disbanding of parent advisory groups
  • the abdication of responsibilities as role models
  • the lack of evidence of accountability to any meaningful standard of conduct; even the law
  • the refusal to provide meaningful transparency in the administration of the public trust and treasure
  • the stonewalling on the issues of ethics and accountability
  • the stonewalling on a district wide (forensic) administrative accountability audit.
If Martin Chavez genuinely supports honest accountability to some meaningful standard of conduct for the leadership of the APS; if he genuinely wants to solve the problem once and for all; where is he now?

All he has to do to provide for honest accountability to a meaningful standard of conduct for APS leadership; is to draw public attention to an APS Administrative Accountability Audit.

If he stood on the record and said, It is time for a (forensic) audit of the public interests in the APS, there would be an audit. The corrupt and incompetent would be exposed and removed. Corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS would be a thing of the past.

He won't. At least two possibilities exist;
  1. he lacks either the conviction or the courage to deliver the coup de grace on the corrupt and the incompetent in the leadership of the APS
  2. he and his administration cannot pass an audit of their own; and so he cannot afford to bring any attention to the issue of administrative accountability audits, in general.

Less clear; is the motivation of the Journal and the Trib.

It is difficult to speculate accurately on the source of the cover up by the newspapers. Neither Charlie Moore, nor Phill Casaus will identify the person(s) at their paper who is personally responsible for the decision not to investigate or report upon public corruption and criminal conspiracy in the leadership of the APS.

The higher ups are always content let underlings take the blame; shite rolls downhill. They are content to let the reporters who have neither investigated, nor reported upon the ethics scandal in the leadership of the APS, be the fall guys. They are content to let them be the victims of assumptions that they are either, in over their heads; or in up to their eyeballs; they can't write the truth; or they won't write the truth.

They will take one for the team, and the person really responsible for the aid and abet of the cover up will remain unidentified, ....and un-accountable.

...and then we wonder why kids tear up aquariums.

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