Your article (May 14) on the planned ouster of Santa Ana City Councilman Dan Griset (Democrat) from his post on the Orange County Transportation Commission (a nonpartisan post) by fellow council members (Republicans) replays a familiar tune.
Although the state Constitution requires all local government offices to be non partisan, Republican local elected officials follow their Central Committee line by routinely removing Democrats from leadership positions on county boards and commissions whenever they feel that person has become sufficiently prominent to contemplate running for higher elected office--against an inevitably Republican incumbent.
In the 1970s a document was mailed countywide by the Republican Central Committee which called for the 100% domination of every school board seat, every city hall, ever special district, every county office (all nonpartisan posts) by the Republicans. The plan stated that it was necessary to eliminate any potential competition for "higher elective offices." The dictionary defines a group in power "which grants neither recognition nor tolerance to parties of differing opinions" as totalitarian.
The people of Orange County are not clones. They hold many different opinions and practice many life styles.
Recognizing that there is no Republican or Democratic way of paving a street, hauling refuse, treating sewage or piping drinking water, the laws of this state forbid party affiliation on the local ballot. One result has been to keep this state free from the machine-type politics practiced back East. It permits good talent to enter the local government arena independent of party politics. Voters should choose local candidates on the basis of experience, accomplishments and opinions on local issues--not because they wear an elephant button to the candidates' debate.