Written by Diane C. Russell- Follow her on twitter @dcrussell
Baker’s been talking a good game lately, but let’s look at his record.
Where’s Baker’s promised Executive Order banning credit cards for elected officials? (30 day plan).
Where’s Baker’s promised Executive Order prohibiting gifts, meals and beverages for county officials? (30 day plan)
Where’s Baker’s promised Executive Order and plan for transparent government online? (30 day plan) As I reported earlier, his administration actually took data offline and would not answer questions about it.
Where’s Baker’s promised Inspector General (30 day plan)
(Actuaslly, very little of his 30 day and 100 day plans have actually been implemented even though we’re now at about day 160.)
Why has Baker appointed Mark Magaw as Chief of Police?
- Magaw apparently dies NOT live in the county
- Magaw never publicly justified or tried to explain his role in supervision of the officers who setup Mayor Calvo, violating his civil rights, judging him guilty without basic investigation or trial and murdering his dogs
- Shootings and killing by police officers appear to be up compared to the tenure of Magaw’s immediate predecessor
- Magaw returned to regular duty numerous officers accused of brutality or corrption.
Despite his rhetoric, it’s hard to point at any real Baker accomplishments in cleaning up the county, improving accountability, or cleaning house. Judging from his schedule and news reports he seems to spend much of his time talking about making things better, but doesn’t have much toshow in the way of results.