a-1586320470 Apr 07, 2020 09:32 PM Op-Ed: Santa Barbara County Failed Its Citizens Every department in every government is run by managers, perhaps you say "bureaucrats" who plan, budget, direct and hire the firefighters, police, and every other worker in every government. The Fire Chief, Police Chief, Sanitation Dept. Director, all are managers who lead and direct. Without them there is no services. And there is mostly very good leadership here in our government. The mud flow was predicted by aFlood Control Director but he could not get the Board of Supervisors at the time to put in a large drainage basin, mostly because the local citizens complained about have the basin put in. In Carpinteria the people supported the improvements and the basins were put in. It is not all so simple, black and white. If you showed up in public meetings and participated you would find out that most public officials and their staff are hard working and very competent. There are duds in every profession, like the oil company folks that happened to leave their messes all over the county for the taxpayers to clean up.