BOS Could Face Restraining Order
The Monday Night Group stepped forward at yesterday’s meeting (June 15) of the Modoc County Board of Supervisors and fired yet another salvo across the board’s bow.
This time the ad hoc committee said it would seek a restraining order against the board if it makes any move in cutting services in either the sheriff’s department or the Modoc Medical Center.
“Our intent is to restrain the county from doing two things,” Don Demsher told the Modoc Independent News after the meeting. “One is to prohibit the Board of Supervisors from making excessive cuts in law enforcement, and the other is stop any cost reductions at the hospital that would mean it could not function.”
He said a restraining order would force the board to have “some organization about this whole thing,” referring to the fiscal crisis the county is facing because of the board’s illegal misappropriation of funds from the treasury.
“We need to get people involved who know more about it,” Demsher said, repeating the Monday Night Group’s opposition to a bond sale to raise more than $12.5 million in order to replace the missing money.
Demsher’s threat of a restraining order followed another blistering attack on the board by Alan Hopkins, also a Monday Night Group member, who said his committee was concerned about the board’s lack of concern in using a bond underwriter whose firm, Finacorp, recently folded.
Calling “the whole bond issue a sham,” Hopkins said the board was in violation of the law because it continues to use money from the treasury. “I was flabbergasted, the board didn’t bat an eye” at the news that Ken Hedrick, the bond underwriter was without a job.
Hopkins strongly urged the supervisors to check Hedrick’s professional background.
Janie Erkiaga, speaking from the audience, said she agreed with the Monday Night Group’s position on bankruptcy and then called for Supervisors Dan Macsay and Dave Bradshaw to step down “as lame ducks” and let the newly elected supervisors take over.
As for the bond underwriters, Erikiaga was even more blunt.
“The bond underwriters should pack their bags and leave town,” she told the board.