By Linda Sutter – March 23, 2016 –
Rewind. May 12, 2015, item number 10 on the agenda, Supervisor Chair Dave Finigan approved, authorized and adopted a Resolution allocating funds to partner with United States Congressmen Jared Huffman for an opportunity for Del Norte County to participate and benefit from the regionally significant and high priority Last Chance Grade project as requested by the County Administrative Officer, Jay Sarino. This was to the tune of $5,000 dollars. However, secret meetings were held with the “Stakeholders” of the Last Chance Grade (LCG), with no transparency whatsoever, and probably in violation of the Brown act. Can someone tell me what the $5,000 was used for?
After several months of the “stakeholders” nonpublic meetings, CALTRANS decides to open up to the public for a special town hall meeting regarding LCG held at the Fairgrounds for alleged transparency. The evening of March 23, 2016; 100 people attended the meeting hoping to hear some questions and answers as a group but that is not what took place
What took place at this public meeting was a fiasco. Mr. Sebastian Cohen, Project Manager of LCG for CalTrans gave his facts of why it is taking so long to get the LCG under control, and then a word from our “John Driscol,” Rep. Huffman’s aid, who sounded similar to a Charlie Brown school teacher. Wa wa wa wa wa. Blah Blah Blah. At the end of all of that we were told if we had any questions there would be representatives at each little station this group had set up on separate sides of the room . Oh yeah, now they wanted to divide and conquer. Great contention tactic.
We the people were not allowed to stay seated and in one group to ask pertinent questions and get real answers. Oh no, we were all treated disrespectfully, handed some cockamamie bull, given a sandwich and sent on our way. No questions were asked out loud and nobody got any real pertinent information. Is this the new contention tactic to control people?
These people running this hot mess treated us like a herd of sheep. In my opinion this was an intentional act demonstrating a dog and pony show to continue on in their quest to be nontransparent. This is not alright folks.
As Sup. 1st District, Roger Gitlin, put it, “Tonight was NOT a Town Hall; Tonight was a lecture.”