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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Since we don’t have a coliseum where we can watch lions eat the Christians, we have to devise other “blood sports.”
We have come up with a political system that appoints, or elects, the unqualified and those more interested in private gain than public service, to boards, councils and commissions. Then we watch as the press and law enforcement agencies tear these unfit people from the lofty perches that they have climbed.
Clearly the elected officials making appointments are not as familiar with the nominees as most employers would want to be before hiring a new employee. I suggest vetting political appointee candidates, and to allow the press and those in law enforcement to vet the people under consideration. In this regard, the city attorney should be supported in his attempts to fill this void until a better method can be determined and put in place.
– Peter Q. Davis
Peter Q. Davis is the former chairman, president and CEO of Bank of Commerce which was acquired by US Bank, the former chairman of the Centre City Development Corp., and the former chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District.