“In both instances, key decision makers appear to have concluded that shielding details from the public would best protect the reputations of individuals and institutions. The opposite proved true.”
“One of the clear takeaways from these conversations is that transparency, while sometimes temporarily painful, is preferable in the long run. If these situations showed us anything, it is that the truth will come out, and a board is better positioned to deal with uncomfortable truths when they are openly confronted from the beginning.”
“The truth will come out”. In my opinion, MSJC has suffered from non-transparency for quite sometime. Elected officials should not have to make public record act requests to attain information re the agency they serve. Unfortunately, it happens.
The Brown Act clearly states: “The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.”