Fire the Library Commission President (Kinda, Sorta, If You Want To ...)
|This is how you fire someone...|
This week it becomes clear the Sunshine Ordinance isn't just toothless, it's also gumless. It may not even have a mouth.
Here's the backstory:
Without getting into the nitty-gritty, of what the Sunshine Ordinance is, it's a pretty clear violation of it for a commission president to shout down a would-be public speaker. That's what Library Commission head Jewelle Gomez did to Sue Cauthen, who, naturally, complained. Here's where it gets interesting.
So much for "equal justice under the law"! Ethics' solution was to write to Mayor Ed Lee asking him to do something about this. That letter was sent earlier this week -- you can read it here. If you're looking for an example of strongly worded rhetoric, you'll have to look elsewhere.
"The Commission voted to recommend that you consider taking steps to remove Ms. Gomez from her appointed office in light of her actions," it reads.
If you're counting at home, that's three modifiers prior to giving Gomez the axe -- they recommend that Lee consider taking steps to do so.
Lost in all of this, as SF Weekly noted last week, is that Ethics was far more mesmerized by the video of Gomez behaving terribly at the Library Commission meeting than it seemed to be with the merits of the case (you can hear, but not see, the uncomfortable exchange at just after the 20-minute mark of the video below.
Ethics included the video of Gomez' infraction along with its letter to Lee. More than the technical description of the commission president not allowing a speaker to opine -- but allowing her to do so later, on a slightly different topic -- this video is what imparted the severity of the violation.
Astoundingly, at the same meeting Ethics was thunderstruck by a video of a government meeting, it claimed that its own meetings need not be videotaped.
Huh. If you're looking for silver linings, here's one: Finally we have an example of irony that doesn't involve diabetics being run down by insulin trucks.