MR. WALKER: Thank you, Galen. Pardon me. My name is David Walker and I just want to try to tie this together alittle for you if I can. Madam President, Mr. Chairman, members of the board, I think it's important to realize whenlooking at our petition that what we are talking about is process oriented.It's not substantive. We don't intend to be a complaint desk. That's not something that we see as our function. Ourfunction is to help develop a mechanism that will allow members of the public to come and express whatever theywant to the system and know who to speak to within the system and to get an answer for their concerns, whateverthey may be.And we anticipate that those concerns will be resolved at the lowest possible level, so it's not something that we seeas reporting to the board at every meeting or representing people with their complaints. That's not what this is aboutat all.This is about a process of developing a way to help -- developing a way to help the citizens, the people here and alsoto help the district because
I don't want to belabor it, and I will not -- as all of you are aware there is a dim view ofAPS, and, yes, there may be times it's not deserved in the public.This is a way to involve the public and get them responses so that they will at least believe that they have had theirturn through the system and that they've been able to express concerns if they have them.I want to emphasize that this is about public concerns. I also know and have some appreciation -- I have someappreciation of the amount of time that you spend in board meetings and committee meetings, and I want you torealize when you look at the petition, which I hope you have in front of you, when you see this, I want you tounderstand that we haven't asked for one second of the board's time in this matter. We're not suggesting that wemeet regularly with you or any other things. The meetings that we have concerning you, you're certainly welcome,but, again, it's the process that we're talking about, trying to institute this process. And so since we're not asking foryour time and we're not coming to the board meetings, it's -- what are we asking?Well, we're asking first for you to assign a senior administrator who has firsthand experience with councils, previouscouncils, who will act as a liaison between our group and the members and leadership of APS. That person will beinvaluable to us in structuring the communication ladder where things are presented together. We would like to puton
have the district put on a workshop conducted by the administrator and his staff so that we can be verysuccessful in our efforts. We need help in performing a productive citizens advisory council. And then everythingthat we do we intend to be very transparent. We ask that all of our records of previous council meetings -- all thedistrict records of previous council meetings be recorded, be a matter of record and be published on the district'swebsite in the way that the board meetings are.