Friday, March 16, 2012

Reluctant California bureaucrats are shamed into saying the Pledge of Allegiance

California is creating regional governments that have much power yet are largely unaccountable to the voters. The regional government for the San Francisco Bay Area is called the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). During the public comment portion of the March 15 meeting of ABAG's executive committee, Debbie Bacigalupi shamed the assembled bureaucrats into saying the Pledge of Allegiance:

Not all of the assembled officials and bureaucrats rose to recite the Pledge. Below you can see a table of four government employees only one of whom is rising to say the Pledge. The one furthest to the left is smirking at the exercise. Her name is Patricia Jones. She is the Assistant Executive Director of ABAG:

A moment later, I took another photo. Three of the bureaucrats are still sitting. Ms. Jones, having noticed that she is on camera, has turned her head away:

Ms. Bacigalupi, the instigator of the Pledge, is an advocate of property rights and is currently running for Congress in California's 12th district against incumbent Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).

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