Late to the party

Well, blow me down. Just today it occurred to me that the way all the agencies have been responding (saying the only way to get anything done is to hire a lawyer, saying I need an independent third party to test the air in my boat) is just the simple truth. I was under the impression they were taunting me, kinda. You know wort fo thumbing their noses at me. But that didn’t square with the clearly helpful tone many of the people had, especially many Denise talked to.

And then there was that helpful commenter who suggested the filing a:

Writ of Mandamus

(man-dame-us) n. Latin for “we order,” a writ (more modernly called a “writ of mandate”) which orders a public agency or governmental body to perform an act required by law when it has neglected or refused to do so. Examples: After petitions were filed with sufficient valid signatures to qualify a proposition for the ballot, the city refuses to call the election, claiming it has a legal opinion that the proposal is unconstitutional. The backers of the proposition file a petition for a writ ordering the city to hold the election. The court will order a hearing on the writ and afterwards either issue the writ or deny the petition. Or a state agency refuses to release public information, a school district charges fees to a student in violation of state law, or a judge will not permit reporters entry at a public trial. All of these can be subject of petitions for a writ of mandamus.
See also: writ of mandate


And, sorry. I teach collaboration skills and lead organizational changes projects for a living. Apparently this doesn’t suit me for local politics or government, thank God. But I finally got the message. Thanks for your gentle persistence, observer.

More, soon(ish).


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