Council Member Brinkman Defends His Position On City Attorney Ballot Initiative
The following is verbatim from Council Member Kurt Brinkman submitted for posting here:
To the Citizens of Emeryville,
I feel that it is important to share my perspective of the voter initiative to eliminate the office of City Attorney. This voter initiative further proposes that we replace this position with outside legal services. My objection to this specific voter initiative is in the spirit of promoting a sense of fairness in the upcoming election cycle, where you, the voters, will be asked to elect three city council members. The voter initiative process has given one of our long term city councilmembers a two month head start on his campaign. A sense of fairness would dictate that, if a council member wants to bring forward a voter initiative, that this action should take place in the off term city election cycle for that councilmember’s term. Councilmembers are elected to represent and carry out the wishes of the residents of Emeryville. If our council members do not carry out these wishes, then the election process is the time to replace our elected officials. I believe that a majority of the Emeryville City Council has supported our long standing approach to ensure that our City’s legal needs are met in a competent and cost effective manner. Further, I believe that the residents of Emeryville have been well served by our city attorney and his legal staff. So I ask you, the Citizens of Emeryville, to continue to allow City Council of Emeryville to do what we were elected to do. If change is necessary in the office of city attorney, let’s collectively make these changes without being restricted and dictated by this specific voter initiative. Change should come from the election process of who serves on the City Council and not that of this voter initiative.
Recieved 4:31 PM