City attorney’s transparency stops at her door

Molly StumpIt’s ironic that the city attorney’s office door is a transperent glass panel.

But that’s as far as transparency gets.

Molly Stump is no champion to transparency. In fact, since becoming city attorney she continues to maintain a cloak of secrecy.

Every meeting she has conducted to date has been behind closed doors and she will take every legal position to keep it that way. Government Code Section 54956.8

Why? She’s not talking. Democracy’s foundation has alway been that of debate. And yet she remains silent. Her pledge to the citizens of Palo Alto of greater transparency remains unchanged since her inaugural speech.

All, a very cleverly designed ruse to keep us all in the dark while critical issues are discussed without input from the community she serves.

Yes, you have a chance during oral communications at city hall to express your opinion but where the real meat of discussion takes place has always been behind closed doors and away from public scrutiny.

Obama’s mandate on transparency completely egnored

“A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

In our democracy, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency, is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open Government.

At the heart of that commitment is the idea that accountability is in the interest of the Government and the citizenry alike.”

Stumps record on transparency is tanatimont to giving President Obama the three finger salute to his statements on transparency.

Website changes

”There’s a lot of information about the city’s legal programs that can be made available to the public and it’s important to me that it be done quickly and expeditiously so that people can participate,” Stump said.”

What’s transparent is that there have been no changes. In fact ,the last city attorney report to the citizens of Palo Alto was issued back in December 2007 and still reflects Gary Baum as city attorney.

All of this has left us stumped. We have seen nothing new or creative coming out the city attorney’s office when she in fact stated to her legal staff “I want both attorneys and staff to be inspired to bring their best effort to work every day.”

This is just as cryptic as her nonsense message and pledge on  transparency.