So I’ve said plenty of times before that I think we need to start talking seriously about charter reform here in Oakland, and I had hoped that over recess, I’d be able to put up a series of posts about the types of changes I’d like to see. Sadly, I lost about 50 pages of notes on the issue when my computer died (back up your hard drives people!) and I haven’t been able to find the time to start putting it all together again.
But when I talk about the need for charter reform, I’m talking about changes that will allow government to operate more efficiently, things like eliminating the prohibition on outsourcing, or measures that would create a better system of checks and balances, so as to improve government accountability. I am not talking about meaningless and condescending gestures like this:
In Oakland, a well-known developer is pushing an unusual proposal. He wants to make certain that Mayor Ron Dellums is earning his almost $200,000 annual salary and working a full eight-hour day by requiring that the mayor to fill out a weekly timesheet.
This is dumb. And pointless. Running a City is about the results you deliver, not the time you clock behind a desk. If this is, as the Mayor himself claims, a 24/7 job, what does it matter what he’s doing from 9 to 5? I mean, if we had a piece of paper saying Mayor sat in his office for 40 hours every week, would that mean that we should then be satisfied with his performance? I should hope not.
Also, people lie on timecards all the time.