It took time, people power, and apparently two defiant non-apology apologies from Dan Johnson for the NHUHSD to finally do the right thing based on reporting from the North Coast Journal.
First of all. People! Someone HAS to start recording all local public meetings and posting them online. Seriously, how difficult is this? There has to be an app for that. First Gary Graham Hughes’ trip to the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce and now this contentious NHUHSD meeting. I think the audio or better yet video would be instructive for people to get first-hand impressions of what amount to outbursts of our local ‘culture wars’.
We could get bogged down in taking sides and defending our turf, but underneath the shouting are real and real important issues. A record of events would give us a chance to closely examine either side for ourselves.
In the Dan Johnson case the issues were best defined, IMHO, by Marcy Burstiner at the North Coast Journal. There was an overflow of letters to the editor on this over the next few weeks in both the NCJ and TS. It seems the pressure finally got to the NHUHSD board who made an abrupt about face last night from their original position. It may be that the embarrassing possible Brown Act violations had something to do with it too. (Good on you Sunshine laws and local reporters!)
For the record, this isn’t about getting Dan Johnson off the NHUHSD. If Mr. Johnson had simply apologized and explained why he needed to, this would not be an issue. IMHO.
(A letter I wrote on this that was published in the NCJ and TS is below in the comment section.)