“I have said all along,” declared Melissa Cribbins while discussing the SCCF during a May 20, 2014 board meeting. “I want all three commissioners to vote on this.” Cribbins was referring to an earlier claim she made that a May 2 work session vote approving the county joining the SCCF (South Coast Community Foundation), its bylaws and the since resigned original board of directors must first be ratified by being placed on the consent calendar and approved by the board before going into effect. Cribbins and John Sweet attended but Bob Main was scheduled to be out of town. At a later meeting Cribbins denied claiming the vote required ratification but yesterday admits she misspoke when she used the term “ratify” and that according to county counsel, the work session vote stands.
Despite waiting almost two months until all three commissioners could attend a regular meeting and the firm assertion above the actions taken during the work session have yet to be placed on the consent calendar or voted on by the entire board. The only vote undertaken by all three commissioners yesterday was to unanimously appoint Cribbins as “proxy” to represent the county during SCCF board meetings.
Cribbins made the original claim about ratification after she was taking some heat from the audience for holding the SCCF vote during a work session and may have hoped to deflect anger by assuring everyone there would be another vote. Or she may genuinely have been confused about the county rules but in either event the public has been misled.
The truth is scary. Yesterday we learned that an impromptu meeting can be held by our commission with just 48 hours notice and a vague description with no indication that action will be taken and that any vote will stand. The implications are frightening.
Cribbins also regurgitated the false claim that if the Jordan Cove tax money goes into the state school fund our schools will not benefit. That simply is not true as I have outlined here.