So what happened exactly two weeks later, from committee to the full Council where Kim supporters had to put retired Judge Artemio Baxa in play? Baxa, a prosecutor himself, but for all intents and purposes spoke as a retired judge/private citizen- in that order. Councilmember Baisa and others put a lot of weight into Baxa’s “vouching” of Kim but what seemed to be a “cross examination” of Baxa by Guzman, Baxa’s sails lost wind. Guzman referenced a court case that is part of the public record that notes JD in a negative light that he was not forthright with. That didn’t deter Baxa. With the chambers filled with office co-workers, Baxa held the line. Guzman’s case seems to be enough to sway other members to kill the resolution, but not enough to disapprove JD completely.
Not long ago, corporation counsel Pat Wong’s confirmation hearing was just as if not more heated with anti-GMO supporters showing up in droves to testify against him. The Charter dictates that its attorney’s all must be confirmed by the Council, both the Corporation Counsel and the Prosecuting Attorney. JD’s allegations of mismanagement, hostile work environment, and favoritism make it ripe for regime change.
These Council confirmation hearings are supposed to offer an opportunity for oversight into the activities of the nominee’s department in a public forum.
This is an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the Mayor’s nominee because the Prosecuting Attorney is the people’s attorney.
While the vast majority of confirmation hearings are routine, some are controversial. When a council members request for information is replied to by the Mayor’s nominee to first put his request in writing and is not forthright with his information, it should give all the remaining members of the Council, pause.
Kim’s purgatory ends on March 6th at the 11th hour, where the Council will vote to approve or disapprove him. However, being in the 11th hour if another stalemate occurs, JD automatically will be deemed confirmed as per the Charter.
This Kim confirmation reminds me of the recent Super Bowl where the Seahawks thought they had a sure win. My word of advice to this Council is to run the ball, don’t pass it.
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