Farrington’s Follies


It’s been nearly two years since Anthony Farrington was swept into office by a two-to-one margin, with much of his support based on the hope that this political newcomer was going to bring some real changes to the way the county government functioned. How’s he done? As supervisors go, he’s been about average, which for most people translates into a disappointment. He has shown leadership on a number of occasions, though he’s charged off in some pretty unlikely directions. Take for instance his plan to sue Yolo County to regain control over the water flows from Clearlake, a plan he claimed would prove what a true environmentalist he was. So far not one dime has been budgeted to start that process, in spite of an initial cost figure being thrown around of $30,000 to be set aside for that purpose. Actually,
that $30,000 was just to get a feasibility study done, as supervisor Lewis said the real cost could be as high as $300,000, and supervisor Brown more accurately guessed it would likely be at least ten times that amount. The basic problem with the concept is that if you are going to try to regain water rights that are basically the same as those enjoyed by cities like San Francisco and Los Angles, you better have some pretty deep pockets to play in that league. Suffice to say that Anthony’s plan to redeem himself for his vote against the Wilderness Area expansion has gone absolutely nowhere, and is likely to quietly fade away into oblivion without a whimper or mention made of it’s passing.

But Farrington did have better luck with his attempt to reward himself just after taking office with a hefty pay raise of over 30%, in spite of having given voters assurances that he’d not vote to increase his own salary. Anthony claimed at the time that he had to do, since after all, the Grand Jury HAD recommended it. Actually, the not-so-Grand Jury of 200-01 said all the department heads and supervisors should get a pay boost, with the rationale that some other counties were paying their people more being employed. Never mind the fact that most of our department heads are A: in no danger of departing their comfortable niches, B: already way overpaid for doing what are in some cases part-time jobs, and C: oftentimes are so incompetent that even if they …