Excellent analysis of the Coastal Commission firing of its executive director, Dr. Charles Lester. "It was simply about money and power," concludes the article's author Jacques Leslie.
The Planning Commission met March 7 to mess with the General Plan vis-a-vis very low-density residential (VLDR) zoning. See Ron Maykel's perspective above, and stay tuned here for more details. Also, follow this issue and others on Pacifica.city.
Speak out against this very bad idea from Governor Jerry "Buildout" Brown. Attend the public hearing in San Francisco on Friday, March 11, and tell Brown his plan is all wet. Details at the link above.
Did the City of Pacifica meet its 2015 goals?
Pacifica.city's Dan Stegink asked the City of Pacifica for its disbursement database, but click the link above to see what Dan got back.
The City of Pacifica is at loggerheads with the California Coastal Commission over the Pacific Skies estates development plans and evictions. The city also is coping with widespread blufftop erosion, storm-damaged or demolished apartment buildings on Esplanade, displaced renters scrambling for housing, Beach Boulevard sinkholes, a storm-damaged seawall and fishing pier. And to top it all off, the beleaguered, bewildered city wants to build a new library a short block from the surging Pacific Ocean. Oh, and at the same time, the city is asking the state and feds for emergency relief funds to repair all the damage. Who's in charge of this circus?
Reaction to the firing:
Before the firing:
Email the governor, the commission, and your state representatives. See below for email addresses or websites for contact info. Also see below for the talking point you can use in your email. It's fine to be brief and just make your main point: Protest the firing of Dr. Charles Lester.
1. Governor Brown: email@example.com
2. CCC: StatusOfExecutiveDirector@coastal.ca.gov
3. State Senator Jerry Hill: Contact Form
4. Assemblymember Kevin Mullin: Contact Form
5. Assemblymember Rich Gordon: Contact Form
6. CCC Central Coast rep Carol Groom: firstname.lastname@example.org
TALKING POINT: The attack on Dr. Lester is an attack on the Coastal Act. This power grab by Governor Brown's pro-development commissioners and others is an attempt to undermine the integrity of the Local Coastal Program, gain control over an independent staff, and make CCC more “developer-friendly” without any public accountability or transparency.
Pacifica City Manager Lorie Tinfow says a third crack has appeared in the Sharp Park seawall 50 feet south of the second sinkhole. She has written to Governor Jerry Brown asking for storm damage relief, including $1.2 million to replace the Milagra stormwater outfall. City Manager Van Ocampo says there are no capital funds to replace or repair the seawall, which suffered a sinkhole in 1997 just north of the pier. The seawall is actually a retaining wall, not a traditional seawall, and was built by an Ohio company in 1984 based on a retaining wall it had built on one of the freshwater Great Lakes. (from a Pacifica.city report)
Pacifica City Council met January 11 to give a pay raise to City Manager Lorie D. Tinfow. In this new addendum to the contract, she receives a 3 percent salary increase in 2016 to $213,996; 24 days of paid vacation leave; 96 hours of paid administrative leave; 11 paid holidays; two "floating" holidays; and deferred compensation of $5,000 paid annually in October. (The reason for this was not put forth.)
It would be business as usual, I suppose, were it not for the fact, by this city manager's own admission, that $4.75 million is missing from special funds in the city budget. In other cities, such as San Francisco, they exhibit more curiosity about these sorts of things. In Pacifica, we still haven't even initiated a forensic audit to find out what happened to all of this money. In fact, this city manager has made the absurd statement that these missing monies are "loans." What sort of "loan" is made to unknown parties, with no idea where the money is going, and when it will be recovered?
EDITOR'S NOTE: As Lionel Emde notes above, Pacifica City Council took up the issue of City Manager Lorie D. Tinfow’s proposed raise and benefits package at its January 11 meeting (and subsequently voted for the raise around midnight, after most protesters had left the building). This agenda item was postponed from the Saturday morning meeting December 19 at which only seven members of the public appeared, all of them opposing the city manager’s raise and criticizing the city's last-minute scheduling of this important agenda item during a holiday weekend. Please be sure to read the comments below this post and join the conversation thread. And if you like to do your own research, visit the website of Transparent California for interesting numbers on what local, county, and state officials make. Politicians may lie, but numbers don't.
John Maybury, Editor & Publisher
New Revelations in Walnut Creek Sex Abuse Case
Here is a disturbing 2013 report on a sex abuse case involving the City of Walnut Creek when Lorie D. Tinfow was assistant city manager there. Click the link below to see the results of the investigation (courtesy of Pacifica.city).