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Councilmember Graham Responds to Robert Bobb Letter

Mr. Bobb:

Since you have apparently chosen to publish your letter to me, I am doing the same with my response.

Please understand that I have always taken my oversight responsibilities seriously. I had mentioned words to that effect to you at the ANC swearing in just a few days ago. I suspect you will recall your reply to me.

None of this would be happening had there been implementation of my organizational recommendations in the instigative report my Committee did. (May I assume that  you have now found the time to read it?)

But that did not happen and we are today still working under the current system. And that system (as the report discusses in detail) anticipates political involvement in the Trust. Thus, in addition to the appointment of all the Board members, yourself included, the Mayor and the Council each have two nonvoting members. The history of the Council's law creating the CYITC  anticipates that they be person close to both entities.

Thus Mayor Gray appointed his deputy mayor and a member of his cabinet….without any apparent uproar.

I am requesting that the Council Chair select the Chair of the Committee with oversight over the entity you chair and the public funds …which by the way probably still constitute about 95% or more of the CYITC  total budget.

There is another point.

It has been difficult under your chairmanship for my committee to obtain information from the CYITC.  You yourself have repeatedly refused to testify before the Committee.

For example, we have yet to receive a copy of the FY2010 audit (year ending September 30, 2010!) despite numerous promises that it was at long last complete and it would be provided. I needn't have to tell you that the Council has a vitally important role in in stewardship over the DC funds entrusted to the CYITC.  It was my committee that made public all of the disturbing problems concerning the FY 2010 audit.  Most recently we were told that it was finally complete and in the hands of the board for review. That was several months ago.

That gives you a better understanding, I hope, why this appointment matters. I am concerned that absent that, you will continue to be less than forthcoming in providing information to the committee.

But rest assured, I believe in reform of the structure of the CYITC and that is reflected in all the work we did last year on these and related issues. But since no task force has been created, I will proceed to draft a proposal reorganizing the Trust governance. In the meantime, we have what we have.

Councilmember Jim Graham

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