By Donna Westfall – August 17, 2016 –
Supervisor 1st District, Roger Gitlin, has tackled the blight problem head on while the other politicians give lip service just like they do to various other problems in our community week in, week out, month after month, year after year. Want examples: poor test scores by our students in public education, high welfare, homelessness, and lack of jobs. We’ve got some of the highest dump fees in the State. Our sewer fees are continually rising. Last chance grade could fall into the ocean. Not to mention the Sutter Coast Hospital/Sutter Health debacle. And, our Sheriff’s Department still employs, in my opinion, some dirty deputies.
So, it was a pleasure to find out that at least Gitlin is intent on continuing to clean up our town. Here’s his email to City Manager Vandemark:
“I bring to your attention the long-standing, vacant eyesore medical
building located at A and 2nd St. This site is the very definition of
blight, a continuous problem of graffiti, dumping, human-created feces and urine stench and other undeniable negatives. Neighbors must endure the site of this building day after week after month after year after year. It is unacceptable the community and visitors must be subject to this problem. It is unacceptable visitors to our community must be subject to this blight as the front drop to one of the most iconic locations along the North American coastline.
It has come to my attention owners have requested a controlled burn but the request has been met by resistance from both the City and the California Coastal Commission (CCC).
I would respectfully request this item of Discussion and Possible Action be placed on an upcoming City Agenda for Council discussion in sending an appropriate letter to the CCC for flexibility in working with some of the environmental concerns.
Certainly, the dumping of trash, graffiti, and human waste continuing unabated is of great environmental concern, also. A controlled burn is far less costly and efficient than the physical razing of this structure.
If my office can be helpful in mitigating these unsatisfactory
conditions, please advise.”
I sent an email to our new city manager, our fire chief, our mayor and public works director asking for an answer or explanation for why the burn is not happening. Not one bothered to comment.
Let’s see how long it takes for something to be done with that unsanitary eyesore.