Derry

Friday, September 24, 2010 – 10:45 a.m.

A revised ‘Sunshine Ordinance’ will be up for consideration at next Tuesday’s meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Third District Supervisor Neil Derry was forced to pull his previous proposal after it fell under criticism for continuing to allow officials the ability to claim the dubious “deliberative process privilege” for the sole purpose of shielding their records, including credit card charges, from taxpayers.

A tactic fully and routinely-employed on the recommendation of outgoing county counsel Ruth Stringer.

Two small paragraphs inserted into the previous version virtually gutted the ordinance.

Certain officials were behind-the-scene trying to quietly water-down the previous proposal, until the backlash.

Not any longer.

The streamlined ordinance up for consideration next week strips away all of the voluminous dribble and adopts the requirements of the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting and records law.

But more importantly, the new version of the ordinance removes any ability to hide financial transactions from the public, including an officials taxpayer-paid credit card and travel expenses.

Hopefully county supervisors will unanimously pass the revised proposal.