Op-Ed by Bill Collins: On July 11, 1016, City Council voted, as directed by the city manager, to approve $400,000 for drawings of a proposed central library. What is the status of that appropriation? Has the $400,000 been transmitted to the architectural firm chosen by the city manager? If not, can we get our $400,000 back? Have the drawings been produced? May we see them? Why was competitive bidding for this work not allowed? Another firm might have done the drawings for less money. Staff had a particular company in mind. Council did not ask questions on this, but rubber-stamped staff's proposal, as usual, no questions asked. The donation of $400,000 to a particular firm creates the appearance of a "sweetheart deal" between the city manager and the private company. This is no way to conduct the public's business. Is anyone else curious how this was mishandled? Two council members seem more concerned over cosmetic changes to the city website than disclosure and follow-up on the expenditure of taxpayer monies. For anyone who truly cares about libraries, that $400,000 could have gone a long way toward renovating the Sanchez Library.
Does anyone honestly think that "checks and balances" will stop this gang of thieves from stealing our democracy?
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Forget scary clowns. Now you must fear The Orange Trumpkin!
Question: Why is a pumpkin like Donald Trump?
Answer: It's orange outside, hollow inside, and should have been discarded November 8. (Oh well.)
Watch at your peril:
Petition demands Electoral College due diligence on Trump tax returns before final presidential vote December 19.
Hillary Clinton won by nearly 2.9 million in the national popular vote, but it doesn't matter because, as Trump said, the system was rigged (in his favor) thanks to the outdated Electoral College, where he eked out a narrow margin of 100,000 popular votes from just three states (Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin). Beware of Pepe The Frog!
Fortune magazine humor columnist Stanley Bing wonders whether we can survive a crazy person in the Oval Office.
Donald Trump's transition team has prepared a preliminary list of potential Cabinet members for his upcoming administration. The list obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals a number of familiar faces including Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and others being weighed for multiple positions. In total, the list includes 41 names and covers 14 different departments. A source told BuzzFeed that the list is not final, and will likely be changed in the future. Attorney General picks include Chris Christie, Jeff Sessions and Rudy Giuliani. Newt Gingrich, John Bolton and Bob Corker are listed as potential picks for Secretary of State. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is the only name listed under chief of staff, while Sessions is also the only one being considered for director of Office of Management and Budget. Potential Secretary of Commerce picks include Christie and Huckabee, while Carson is under consideration to be Secretary of Education. Christie is also being weighed for Secretary of Homeland Security, and Carson, Gingrich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott are potential picks for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also makes a surprise appearance on the shortlist, mentioned as one of seven potential candidates to become the Secretary of the Interior.
Congressman Cummings asks House Oversight Committee to review Trump's secret financials.
Congressman Cummings questions Trump's suspiciously cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin.
Howard Zinn wrote this back in 2004, but even today living under the Trumpocracy, this article gives us a glimmer of hope. Believe in change, believe in chaos.
Fellow blogger Dan Stegink of Pacifica.city shared correspondence from the state (see links below) about the controversial library funding measure, which failed to pass November 8. Dan had asked the state: "The proposed argument for the new library (Measure N) states that the California Coastal Commission (CCC) has thoroughly vetted Measure N: 'The Coastal Commission and third-party experts thoroughly vetted Measure N to ensure our library is safe from flooding and sea-level rise.' Is that accurate?" The CCC said NO (see CCC letter at first link below).
San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee (SMCDCC) responded to Nihart after it had endorsed Deirdre Martin for Pacifica City Council:
Measure W to develop 206 housing units in the quarry lost 2-1 on November 8.
At the link above, read the full transcript of Planning Commissioner Rich Campbell's questions about Rockaway Quarry traffic, which he asked during his October 17 attempt to schedule a Planning Commission Study Session on the matter. The Pacifica Tribune condensed Campbell's comments. Quarry development (Measure W) lost 2-1 on November 8.
Facts, not fear, helped us understand concepts like "managed retreat" and sea-level rise in the election debate about building a new library at the beach. (Note: Because the library tax failed to reach a two-thirds majority on November 8, it failed.)
Alan Wald wondered what would happen locally if Proposition 64 passed November 8, legalizing marijuana in California. (It did pass!) One possibility floated by enterprising pot farmers is to grow weed in Rockaway Quarry, assuming of course that Measure W loses at the polls (it did!) and quarry owner Paul Heule rides his eenhoorn (Dutch for unicorn) back to Michigan (stay tuned on that!).
Meanwhile, Alan says Pacifica palindrome lovers wasted no time registering "To Pacifica Pot" as the pot farm's name, when their dreams came true in the election.