May 16, 2011

State board reform forthcoming in California?

By State board reform forthcoming in California?

Author: Brandon Middleton

From The Santa Clarita Valley Signal:

State Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, wants to make state agencies such as the regional water board accountable to the people.

His plan to wrest power away from appointed board members and put it back in the hands of the people was one of several initiatives he outlined Friday for members of The Signal's Editorial Board.

"We have (placed) too much power and responsibility into unaccountable boards and agencies," Strickland said. "Let's look at the Air Resources Board or the regional water control board or the Coastal Commission.

"We have as a legislature, in my opinion, given too much power and authority to unaccountable boards," he said.

The power state agencies and boards wield often involves decisions affecting every citizen of California, valuable state resources such as water and millions of dollars.

Hat tip: Aquafornia.

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