BY DONNA WESTFALL
We printed in Letters to the Editor (“McClure Effectively Kills Airport”) a scathing attack on Supervisor/Coastal Commissioner Martha McClure from a long time resident frustrated with all the hoops one has to jump through to get anything done in this town. After reviewing the Board of Supervisors meeting video held Tuesday, August 13 2013, and receiving an e-mail communication from Ms. McClure, I don’t think we can point the finger and put all the blame on her.
We’re dealing with a multi million dollar agency that has quasi-judicial powers. That’s the California Coastal Commission (CCC). Started in the early ’70’s to allow the public access to the beaches, they now have the power to hold up FOR YEARS, count ’em….eight years, the building of the Veteran’s Monument on the “S” curve; and currently the Airport upgrade/expansion.
Rumblings of a more user friendly Coastal Commission, a more cooperative, “Let’s get this done” attitude were pronounced during the Board Of Supervisors meeting by Sup. McClure and members of the public. However, I say PROVE IT.
Some of the reasons the permit on the airport was held up and not allowed to be put on this August Coastal Commission agenda boiled down to things like missing stamped envelopes, and Coastal Commission staff wanting the large color copies redone on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper in black in white. Huh? What the frick? Do these people live in the real world? I don’t think so.
I’m sorry. Who died and made the Coastal Commission God?
One thing I learned during 4 years of being a council member is that whenever someone wanted to hold up anything, they would explain this is just too “complex and complicated.”
I say, get rid of the Coastal Commission and let’s start doing business without all this b.s. red tape. We need to put people to work and by that I mean we need to meet deadlines on grants instead of letting them expire.
Realistically, the grants for a couple million dollars expire this August 31. The Coastal Commission is having their next meeting covering the permit for the airport in September. Gee. Ya think they’re really going to approve this project? Not this year. Probably not next year. Why? Because they’ll come up with some more cockamamy b.s. conditions. I’d put money on it.
The one thing that nobody discussed was the possible closure of our airport. Let’s face it. If the FAA wants safer runways and says ours are not, I don’t think for one minute they would allow us to continue doing business indefinitely. Think about it. Close the airport and one more nail in the coffin for this town.
My favorite quote from the BOS meeting was from Supervisor David Finigan when he said that he didn’t want to be a Commissioner for the Coastal Commission since he wanted to destroy it. Thumbs up on that one, Finigan.
Now, anyone have any ideas on how to destroy the CCC?