As Pat Hume prepares to take office, is he destined to be a historical Ryan Short-like footnote?

What is the historical footnote connected to former MLB player Ryan Short? | 



Of the four major professional American sports, Baseball is undoubtedly the most statistics-driven. Mention certain numbers like 714 or 61, and even casual fans understand the reference.

There is a slew of statistics and names for baseball fans. Here is another statistic and name that might not be as familiar - 2,632 and Ryan Short.

Hardcore MLB fans may recognize 2,632 as the record number of consecutive games started by Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. As for Ryan Short, he has an interesting footnote in MLB as the player who replaced Ripken on the lineup card. 

In the next few days, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will swear in its newest member for District 5, former Elk Grove City Council member Pat Hume. After winning the seat by a razor-thin margin, Hume will replace outgoing Supervisor Don Nottoli.

Although online history about former Sacramento County Board of Supervisors members is scant, Notolli's 28-year tenure is the longest of any other member for at least the last 35 years. Over the last several decades, Nottoli has been the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors' Cal Ripken Jr. 

During these 28 years, Nottoli has attended thousands of meeting for the Board of Supervisors and other boards he served on to make him a Ripken-like ironman. Not included in this are the thousands of non-official meetings, constituent meetings, and neighborhood events.

It is in these shoes Hume will step. Hume comes to the Board of Supervisors after 16 years on the Elk Grove City Council, which makes him the longest-serving council member in the city's 22-year history.

It is worth noting that the Elk Grove City Council is part-time, and the time obligation is infinitesimal compared to full-time supervisors, especially in the sprawling District 5. Furthermore, almost all Elk Grove City Council members have held full-time outside jobs while on the city council.

And here is the point as it relates to Hume - being as effective as Nottoli will take stamina, high energy, and a willingness to meet with constituents, particularly those embattled in some fashion.

As long-time Elk Grove City Council observers know, Hume does not possess these qualities. During city council meetings, Hume's constituents have repeatedly complained he failed to respond to their inquiries, so will Hume suddenly be open to meeting with groups of often embattled constituents? 

And there is Hume's widespread reputation for laziness. 

Along with making time for countless constituent meetings and dozens of annual rubber chicken dinners and luncheons as Nottoli did, can Hume establish a strong work ethic? Can Hume channel even a portion of Nottoli's commitment and energy to public service and governance?  

Time will tell if Hume can establish the strong work ethic needed to fill Nottoli's shoes. If Hume doesn't at least make an effort, he will fade away and be nothing but a Sacramento County historical footnote as Ryan Short was to Cal Ripken Jr.  

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Eye on Elk Grove said...

One certain: Don Nottoli never forgot anyone’s name. And he always remembered a little something about the person to whom he seldom saw when greeting them again. I know, I am one of those constituents.

Elk Grove City Council watchers know that Pat Hume can’t remember the name of someone he met yesterday; let alone a constituent’s name after some time has passed (developers aside).

I remember one meeting with Nottoli another Elk Grove constituent. We had a half hour. When the half hour was up, Nottoli commented, “Please stay and talk. I am enjoying this meeting.” Odds are, non-developer constituents will never hear those words from Hume – that is, if he even bothers to meet with “regular” constituents.

Hume promised to be a Nottoli-like supervisor - doubtful that will occur. For once, maybe Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen was truth telling when she commented, from the dais, on Hume’s public-perceived persona.

Renegade said...

Filling Don Nottoli's shoes will be tough for anyone. He was, as stated, tireless and committed to the community. He will be sorely missed immediately by those who knew him and watched him. He'll be missed for those less engaged in his district years from now when his absence begins to show in the community.

Good luck, Pat! Put on your track shoes and grab a case of Red Bull....you're gonna need it to fill these shoes.

Atticus Finch said...

Hume may be lazy and certainly not the brightest bulb, but he's clever enough to delegate his duties to others now that he will actually have a paid staff. So given this, constituent inquiries should no longer be ignored. In addition, voters also aren't the smartest either. They will vote for name recognition (i.e. the person with the most and largest campaign signs) I hate to say it, but barring some significant negative event, which is unlikely, we are probably stuck with Hume for a long time.

Capt. Benjamin Willard said...

All of the three previous comments about Mr. Hume are valid. My interest in Mr. Hume will be not if he will meet directly with constituents - he won't - or things of that nature. Rather it will be noteworthy to see the relationships he develops with his fellow supervisors.

How often will he butt heads with Supervisor Phil Serna on issues like climate science and transportation? More significantly, will Mr. Hume become a minion of Supervisor Sue Frost?

Will he support her wacky ideas ideas like Sacramento County doing an investigation of the Control For Disease Control? Will Mr. Hume go along with Ms. Frost and support questionable groups like the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. (see the links below from from the ADL and SPLC to learn about the CSPOA).

Keep an eye on Mr. his relations with Ms. Frost and we will get answer to questions that went unanswered during the election.

https://www.adl.org/resources/report/constitutional-sheriffs-and-peace-officers-association-cspoa-and-richard-mack-how

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/constitutional-sheriffs


Capt. Benjamin Willard said...

All three previous comments about Mr. Hume are valid. My interest in Mr. Hume will be not if he will meet directly with constituents - he won't - or things of that nature. Rather it will be noteworthy to see the relationships he develops with his fellow supervisors.

How often will he butt heads with Supervisor Phil Serna on issues like climate science and transportation? More significantly, will Mr. Hume become a minion of Supervisor Sue Frost?

Will he support her wacky ideas like Sacramento County doing an investigation of the Center for Disease Control? Will Mr. Hume go along with Ms. Frost and support questionable groups like the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association? (see the links below from the ADL and SPLC to learn about the CSPOA).

Keep an eye on Mr. Hume's relations with Ms. Frost, and we will get answers to questions that went unanswered during the election.

https://www.adl.org/resources/report/constitutional-sheriffs-and-peace-officers-association-cspoa-and-richard-mack-how

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/constitutional-sheriffs

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