I enjoy Dave Price's editorials in the Daily Post immensely. I don't always agree with him. I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone I always agree with, but he is on target and well-informed. Today's piece starts by noting that Mountain View wants to raise its council salaries ("stipend" would be a better word) and Palo Alto is considering giving it school board members health benefits. He then generalizes the issue by writing
I'm increasing hearing from local officals that there's a shortage of future leaders who want to run for city council or school board. Not just in Palo Alto or Mountain View, but all across the Peninsula.
Teh fear is that when seats ope up on a council or board, there won't be enough qualified candidates to fill those vacancies. Of course there are always enough candidates. Open seats draw kooks out of the woodwork. But getting qualified candidates--people who have the competence to do the job--isn't always easy.
Here at the Voice we are always on Kook-Alert. I won't start a new category with that title since all categories need to be on alert. I happen to agree with Price's conclusion that raising the salary or benefits won't attract better candidates. It has to come from the gut. A local pol I know well is fond of a quote that goes "some people run for office to do something, others run for office to be somebody." Truer words.