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  • Wednesday, September 13, 2006

     

    Metro VIEWS

    OUSD TRUSTEE ROCCO SHOULD RESIGN
    a community viewpoint from Mr. Fred Smoller


    In 2004, Steven Rocco was elected to the Orange Unified School Board. He says that something called the "Partnership" runs Orange County, and that Albertsons and Kodak are out to get him. Political observes concluded his victory was due to "voter fatigue" and an inaccurate ballot description. Others say they voted for Rocco to demonstrate their displeasure with the school board majority. If so, they have made their point. Regardless, after two years, it is clear nearly everyone that he is unfit for this position and should resign.

    Mr. Rocco has made it a policy not to attend closed session meetings of the Board because he feels that all issues should be discussed in public. This would be insensitive and unwise, and could possibly expose the district to a lawsuit. Closed sessions are where sensitive personnel and other disciplinary matters are discussed. Moreover, one has to take part in the deliberations that precede the public meeting in order to make an informed decision. Mr. Rocco does not have to agree with his colleagues, but he does have to listen to them.

    Mr. Rocco is not seriously engaged in the issues. He consistently abstains and reflexively votes "no" on everything before the board--including the approval of the minutes-without offering any coherent explanation. Also, Mr. Rocco is completely unresponsive to the needs of his constituents, or to his Board colleagues, reporters, or district administrators. He does not return telephone calls, emails, or other efforts to contact him. He should resign and thus spare the district an expensive recall election. The board should then appoint someone such as his opponent to replace him.

    Mr. Smoller is a resident of the City of Orange. He teaches political science at Chapman University.

    LINKS:

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    >http://www.ocblog.net/ocblog/2006/09/roccomania.html
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    http://blogs.ocregister.com/buzz/2006/09/
    former_dem_boss_gets_the_cold_1.html

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    http://o-juice.blogspot.com/2006/08/endorsement-conclusion-hunting-of-john.html
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    http://theliberaloc.com/2006/08/passion-of-st-john-hanna.html

    Metro Views is open to community members to voice their opinions on important local community issues in the Greater Orange Communities.

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