Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Armenta goes into hiding

APS Communications Director Monica Armenta was scheduled, in a regular board meeting last Wednesday, to present and defend her part and progress in meeting the third of the district's four goals; establishing communication between APS and the community it serves.

Had she presented last Wednesday,

  1. there would have been a public forum, 
  2. her presentation would have been videotaped and most importantly, 
  3. it would have been (supposedly) live streamed and then archived for stakeholders.
At the last minute, the plan changed.
The change order, link, is missing a few signatures.

The new plan provides for her to make her presentation during a Special Board Meeting early Friday morning.

Nobody will attend or pay any attention to the Special Board Meeting except the inner circle.  There will be no media coverage.

No videotape will be made.
There is no good and ethical reason to not videotape;
it's just not the way they roll.
An audiotape will be made, for whatever that's worth;
unless they decide to adjourn into an in secret meeting,
and then no record at all, will be made or preserved.

Not surprisingly, the agenda, link, for the special meeting includes no public forum;
no where, where a stakeholder can stand up and ask;
Ms Armenta, why, after this exhaustive attempt to establish communications between APS and the community, is there still no public forum where questions are allowed? 
Why is there no public forum where interest holders can exercise their constitutionally protected human right to petition their government, by means of asking legitimate questions about the public interests and their public service; questions about the wielding of power and the spending of resources that belong fundamentally to the people?.
Why is there still no venue for open and honest public discussion between the leadership of the APS and the community members they serve?
Armenta, and co-incidentally the board and senior administration, have dodged the question for now.

She, and they, will be asked that question in the near future.

The questioning follow the raising of their right hands and their solemn affirmation, they will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in their deposition regarding complaints of civil rights violations they committed individually and in conspiracy with their co-defendants.

I'll let you know what they say.  I'm still trying to find a way to videotape Armenta's deposition.

Nothing in the Journal, nothing on TV

Count on the establishment media to continue to not cover relentless efforts on the part of the senior- most leadership of the APS, to escape open and honest public discussions and their consequent honest accountability for their conduct and competence.

Count on the Journal's continued complicity in efforts to avoid any public discussion of their honest accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence.

Count on KRQE's, KOAT's and KOB TV's continued aid and abet in that same endeavor.

photo Mark Bralley

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