The clear choice
EDITOR: This June, for the first time in more 20 years, Sonoma County has a contest for the top elected financial position.
One candidate, David Sundstrom, appointed by the Board of Supervisors when Efren Carrillo was the chairman, is a recent arrival from Orange County. His misallocation of property taxes has cost that county $147 million and his outsourcing of a computer upgrade is millions over budget and years behind schedule. Do you think Sundstrom disclosed those facts in his interview?
The other candidate, local certified public accountant and Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky, has been consistent in his efforts to eliminate wasteful government spending and unfair fees. His success in defeating an executive buyout in the depth of the recession and the imposition of parking fees at a local park quickly come to mind. He has also been steadfast in calling for the open release of public business in public.
The position requires complete and accurate presentation of financial information and analysis. This choice is clear. Gary Wysocky has my vote for auditor-controller treasurer-tax collector as someone I can trust to do the job right.
Change the subject
EDITOR: Could we please change the subject? I am so tired of opening your newspaper each morning and seeing another Efren Carrillo story. How many times do you plan to repeat it? You have made your point and stated how the paper feels about him, now think of something else to write about.
I would like to thank Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Hamburg for his well-written letter on the subject (“Let Carrillo do his job,” Friday). Too bad our Sonoma County supervisors aren't as sensible.
Getting things done
EDITOR: I have had the pleasure of serving with Jim Wood on the Healdsburg City Council for the past five years. His leadership, integrity and concern for constituents have always shown through. He has consistently used these exceptional characteristics to deliver excellent results. Now he wants to apply his skills to the state Assembly. We are fortunate that someone of his caliber is willing and able to step up to this task.