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Elected MACs

Section 31010 of the Government Code allows counties to determine whether Municipal Advisory Councils are elected or appointed.  Appointees are more likely than not to owe fealty to their appointing power, whereas elected officials have a duty of allegiance to the voters. Further, even if local people urge Supervisors to arrange for MACs to be elected, Supervisors are under no obligation to do as the people ask.

Section 31010 of the Government code should be revised to make an elected MAC the default. Though advisory, an elected MAC speaks for the people that elected them, rather than for the Supervisors who made their appointments.

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