We just love when people go all buck-wild and call their former colleagues out on their bullshit. Alfred Parodi, a former Humbolt County Grand Jury member, is no stranger to doing so. In a few colorful opinion pieces published in the area over the last couple years, he’s bashed members of the Grand Jury for the sometimes baffling decisions that they’ve made.
But this year, Mr. Parodi turned his scathing commentary up to 11 and took it straight to the Grand Jury itself. And while we did enjoy the mud-slinging of his past remarks, it wasn’t until this particular editorial that we really took notice. When you read an op-ed that makes you go “F*** YEAH! GET ‘EM!”, you know you’re on to something hot.
Mr. Parodi takes issue with the fact that the Grand Jury investigates things that, while important to the community, perhaps are not of the highest priority or of the most serious concern when it comes to the shady and stupid stuff the County is doing behind our backs. For example, read the excerpt below:
“It is mainly about funds and numbers. In the past three years, outside of a few items, the main items were not addressed, which are, the departmental budgets, the expenditures from those budgets, The annual audit. One of the main expenditures is personnel and pensions. This is administered by the County Union contract, that they call Memorandum of Understanding and is 108 pages and covers everything to do with personnel.
The union contract has never been investigated by the grand Jury to verify the validity and honesty of the contract. It appears to be off limits. Self investigation has never worked to the benefit of the people. Nothing, that has to do with the workings of the County, should be off limits to investigate.”
We can’t agree more with Mr. Parodi regarding the absolute bullshit that is the County union negotiation process. And the last, sweet sentence of that paragraph is something we feel should be reiterated, so: “NOTHING, THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE WORKINGS OF THE COUNTY, SHOULD BE OFF LIMITS TO INVESTIGATE.”
But a last tidbit we’ll highlight is in response to the fact that Grand Jury members, who are “volunteers,” get paid for the time they “donate” out of the goodness of their hearts. Granted, it’s not a lot of cash. But it’s still something. In Mr. Parodi’s words:
“The one thing I object to personally is people volunteer for this position. It is not a job. As such there should be no compensation for the time or travel to and from the position. If compensation is accepted then you become a government employee. This again is self-investigation.”
To you, Mr. Parodi, we say: right on, good sir. To you, THC readers, we say: What can we do to force the County, and by extension, the Grand Jury, to be held to answer for the issues that Mr. Parodi feels are not being addressed?