“So I heard all about the nut jobs forming their own investigation panel yesterday at the Capitol. Good for them.
Then just now I look over at the Daily Democrat website and it all became clear that these people are not qualified to investigate anything.”
“They are at a press conference with a guy that got tossed off the State Supreme County by the voters of California. They are forming their own panel to investigate — and what do they bring to hold up? Signs that say “Federal Investigation Now”.
So they have their independent investigation with the State AG. Then they get the federal investigation with the FBI. So then they form their own group to investigate and then show up with sings (SIC) from the second round of demands. Rocket scientists — all of them.
Let them investigate. They might discover the world is round.”
Let me start with a simple point, the District Attorney’s office sent out the press release announcing that there was a federal investigation underway just before 1 pm on Tuesday and this event was schedule for 2 pm. No one was informed that there was a federal investigation prior to that. In fact, they may not have known that there was one if I had not called some of the organizers when I got the press release to let them know.
By that point they had their signs and did not have time to change them. When they found out, everyone seemed appreciative of the fact that Mr. Reisig had indeed done that. Most believed that he would not have without the consistent pressure.
Cruz Reynoso was guardedly optimistic saying, “I applaud the DA for doing that.”
He was also still a bit leery about it:
“Nonetheless, we know that the DA’s have to work closely with the police department. Sometimes they’re a little bit constrained in terms of what they can say. I’d be very interested in reading that report as soon as it goes public, but it does not at all restrain the value at citizens looking into what happened.”
Unlike a lot of people, Cruz Reynoso who served for 12 years on the US Commission for Civil Rights was able to speak first hand to why he was a bit leery of such a move.
As he mentioned in his comments about why he accepted the position,
“I’m influenced in terms of accepting this assignment by the fact that I served on the US Commission for Civil Rights for twelve years and I have seen the value that is contained from independent citizens looking into a situation without the pressures that government officials have.”
I am actually far more appalled by how dismissive Supervisor Rexroad was of the former Justice of the Supreme Court. So is Mr. Rexroad saying that everyone who loses reelection is ineligible to be appointed to commissions or perhaps serve in Presidential Administrations? I think that’s a pretty narrow view of things. Presidents have often named defeated Governors and Senators to their cabinet, often at high level positions. Sometimes these become good appointments, sometimes not so good.
We all know what happened in November 1986 when Reynoso along with Chief Justice Rose Bird and Joseph Grodin. That should disqualify Reynoso from serving on a Yolo County Independent Commission?
In the nearly quarter century since 1986, Mr. Reynoso was named by President Clinton to the US Commission on Civil Rights where he would serve a term as Vice Chair during his twelve year tenure. He would win the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. He would serve as an esteemed professor of Law at UC Davis’ King Hall.
Last year, then President-elect Obama named Cruz Reynoso to Obama’s Justice and Civil Rights Agency Review Team. Reynoso also helped lead a review of key federal departments, agencies and commissions, as well as the White House. The review provided the Obama-Biden Transition Team with information needed to make policy, budgetary and personnel decisions prior to Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
I mean what a bunch of nut jobs to name a man who is intimitely connected to this county and who marched with Cesar Chavez, named by two Democratic Presidents to prestigious positions, to head up a civil rights commission. What are they thinking?
Yes, Cruz Reynoso was tossed out in the virtual palace coup against the liberal Supreme Court back in the mid 1980s, but since then he has held down a number of pretty important positions and I cannot possibly think of person better qualified that Mr. Reynoso to lead up this effort.
I wonder if Mr. Rexroad bothered to call Cruz Reynoso and talk to him. I spoke with Reynoso at some length on Tuesday.
He told me that he wants to find out what happened, that he has concerns about what he has heard and wants to get at the truth and inform the public as to what that truth is. He wants to involve law enforcement to the extent that they are willing to be involved.
He also told me flat out that he does not want this to become a witch hunt.
I simply do not understand the need for Mr. Rexroad to be so dismissive of this process. It is clear that there is a segment of the population unhappy with how this has been handled, if done well and involves a diverse group of people this could be a very positive step forward. Instead Mr. Rexroad dimisses the process as being coordinated by a bunch of “nut jobs” and dismisses a man of the caliber of Cruz Reynoso because he was tossed out of office a quarter-century ago for political reasons.
—David M. Greenwald reporting