Perhaps an element of dyfunction is inherent to Democracy. But Stockton has more than its share. Here, often half the candidates running for mayor and other important offices are patently unqualified or even a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
And that is only half the problem. The other is a cohort of the voting public uninformed about the workings of city government. And unable to distinguish good leaders from bad.
There are several initiatives underway to address civic illiteracy among the polity and to strenghthen Stockton leadership. The latest proposal comes from University of the Pacific.
Its Westgate Center for Leadership and Management Development is proposing to provide training to all who serve on Stockton boards and commissions. More about this development in this Leadership Development Course Letter of Support.
This is not only a most welcome development. It is an expansion of the long-sought connection between academe and Stockton civic culture that for years was far below UOP’s potential. So all credit to UOP.