Rarely in local politics does a single meeting carry the degree of above-the-surface drama that today's Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting will produce.
That's when the supervisors will discuss Kathy Long's proposal to establish requirements for the position of treasurer that could derail Audra Strickland's candidacy for the seat, before it even gets off the ground.
Long, a Democrat, infused the meeting with
partisan politics by waiting until right after the Republican
Strickland declared her candidacy to make her proposal known, even
though the issue it purportedly would solve lay dormant for 15 years.
Long pushed ahead over cries of foul play, ignoring the Ventura County
Star's editorial board to delay the proposal until after the
election--and even the advice of the current treasurer, who supports
Strickland's candidacy. [continue reading]