Connecting the Dots #CTD – Race, Power, Privilege

Today’s Connecting the Dots ‪#‎CTD- Race, Power, Privilege: How accountable can we hold our local legislators? In California and other states, local officials can find themselves in trouble for doing exactly what elected local officials are supposed to do. These include things like communicating regularly with citizens, listening to voters complains about status quo and promising, and to make specific changes. Why? Legal rulings exist asking legislative bodies to function like courts when they make decisions that are “quasi-judicial” in nature. As a result, members of a city council, school board, or county board must be impartial and unbiased; they turn out to be more like judges than legislators. At CFJC we believe that elected officials are to be accountable to the people, and this includes regular interaction with the communities that they serve.

#CivicEngagement #LocalLegislature #Accountability

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