Why Recall Ravitch?
HAS A TRACK RECORD OF CRONYISM AND HYPOCRACY
Jill Ravitch hired and promoted less-qualified staffers just because they supported her campaign. Worse yet, she retaliated against good workers who disagreed with her politically. (1) The District Attorney’s Office should do what’s best for the people of Sonoma County—not serve the political interests of the person in charge.
Things got so bad, a group of senior prosecutors in Ravitch’s office complained that Ravitch ignored their criticism and concerns—leading to a senior prosecutor feeling the situation was so bad they had to run against Ravitch to get her out of office. (3)
Ravitch promised to start with a clean slate after her election, but once in office, she targeted staff that opposed her—demoting top managers and replacing them with seriously flawed campaign supporters. (1)
Ravitch also promised increased transparency at the District Attorney’s office. Unfortunately, while in office, Ravitch has tried to keep officer body-cam recordings confidential from defense attorneys and the media. (4)
Ravitch also refused to comply with the California Public Records Act and disclose criminal conviction numbers, after she spent her campaign criticizing the conviction numbers of her predecessor. (5)
The public deserves access to information from their DA. Elected officials have a responsibility to act in a transparent way and set policies that allow the public to engage. Jill Ravitch has continuously tried to operate behind closed doors and out of the public eye.
Sources: 1 Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 1/3/2011; 2 Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 8/11/2013; 3 Sonoma Index Tribune, 5/27/2014; 4 Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 7/17/2016; 5 Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 5/13/2014