The importance of the Local Agency Formation Commission in Orange County is underscored by its consideration of a new, critical and controversial issue, the incorporation of Dana Point and Capistrano Beach. But the issue is not getting the attention and respect it deserves from the two members of the county Board of Supervisors who sit on the commission.
The supervisors occupy two of the five commission seats, but in votes on the heated issue Dec. 2 and again last Wednesday the supervisors did not cast ballots. In fact, last Wednesday Supervisors Gaddi H. Vasquez and Don R. Roth, himself just appointed, didn't even show up for the meeting.
The county board members on the commission, and notably Vasquez, are earning a well-deserved reputation for absenteeism or abstention when there is a vote on a controversial boundary, annexation or incorporation issue. That kind of inattention to their legal obligations shortchanges the public and makes it unfairly difficult for the other commission members to do their jobs. It cuts down on the input and representation that goes into discussion of important issues. And it leaves many decisions to only three members, who must all agree if there is to be formal action.