Santa Cruz politicos jockey for Coast...

Santa Cruz politicos jockey for Coastal Commission seat

There are 22 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Apr 21, 2009, titled Santa Cruz politicos jockey for Coastal Commission seat. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, is broadening the search for the next appointment to the California Coastal Commission, a move that puts a handful of Santa Cruz County residents in contention and raises the prospect of a local voice on the powerful state board.

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recycled liberal garbage

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Apr 21, 2009
I suppose there would be NO chance at some balance on this commisar, would there now?
Brian

Plymouth, MA

#2 Apr 21, 2009
This pointless agency should have been abolished years ago.
richie rich

San Francisco, CA

#3 Apr 21, 2009
Beiers is a joke. She was not in town to vote on the La Bahia project, the most significant project in Beach Flats in my 35 years in this town.
are you kidding

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Apr 21, 2009
Luis Alejo has a bright future, but this is a little too much too soon. Katherine and Mark....what a joke. Where's Gary?
john doe

United States

#5 Apr 21, 2009
Mark Stone? Are they nuts. His 5th District isn't even within 1000 feet from the high tide line which constututes the coastal zone...
Gordon

Denver, CO

#6 Apr 21, 2009
These commissions that we don't get to vote on, are all too powerful and should be abolished. In an effort to keep politics out, we have created monsters that are running out of control. From the public Utilities commission to the board or regents, we need to clean house, lower pay and get them back to working for the people not special interest groups like the Sierra club and others.
wildman

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Apr 21, 2009
Sure seems like Potter would be the best appointment. The other 3 are complete losers with agendas a mile long.
CapMom

Daly City, CA

#8 Apr 21, 2009
Gordon wrote:
These commissions that we don't get to vote on, are all too powerful and should be abolished. In an effort to keep politics out, we have created monsters that are running out of control. From the public Utilities commission to the board or regents, we need to clean house, lower pay and get them back to working for the people not special interest groups like the Sierra club and others.
Amen
Extinct

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Apr 21, 2009
are you kidding wrote:
Luis Alejo has a bright future, but this is a little too much too soon. Katherine and Mark....what a joke. Where's Gary?
Fortunately.
Alejo Best of Three

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Apr 21, 2009
The Coastal Commission, Board of Supervisors, and all other north county politicians have ignored our water emergency and other problems and other vital South County needs and lack the regional vision and broad life experience and perspective in the overall community from Brown Berets to the courts of Monterey County that young bilingual Mr. Alejo, Esq. has.
He fights for what he believes in and he believes in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, and our Monterey Bay Region, I truly believe. We need and want a fighter now for us now more than ever. He's the guy.
S Cruz Local

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 Apr 21, 2009
I hope a balanced person is appointed. I hope we don't get a SCAN type on the commission. Their only goal is to stop EVERYTHING.
What is Right is Right

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Apr 21, 2009
john doe wrote:
Mark Stone? Are they nuts. His 5th District isn't even within 1000 feet from the high tide line which constututes the coastal zone...
Hey, Joe, this comment shows how little you know about environmental issues. The 5th District has the largest watershed in Santa Cruz county, the San Lorenzo. Watersheds empty into the ocean, Joe. Get a book and a map.
Gordon

Denver, CO

#14 Apr 21, 2009
Thanks CC wrote:
The Coastal Commission helps protect the ocean and beach access from greedy developers. I don't want our coastal areas to look like Southern Ca. Millions of people visit
Yosemite every year, without the Sierra Club it would be a lake. Stating that we need to abolish these organizations means your either an idiot or a selfish developer.
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Your kidding I sure, no one would make a lake out of Yosemite, but the sierra club would drain existing reservoirs for muddy valleys. We need more reservoirs not fewer, but some discretion is needed for sure. I don't think all valleys need to be saved. The coast can have some development with out turning it into LA. One should be able to replace an existing set of steps without a permit from a bunch of extremist. Our coastal commission has become too powerful and overbearing.
James Anderson Merritt

Edmond, OK

#15 Apr 21, 2009
I don't see why the Coastal Commission should have any say whatsoever about development within an already developed area of an existing city. It would be one thing if Santa Cruz were going to eliminate beachfront as a result of the La Bahia project, annexing previously undeveloped property as part of a new or expanded site, but they're basically replacing one (set of) structure(s) with another on a longstanding site. So why does the unelected Coastal Commission get the chance to say "no"?
slightly salty

Sausalito, CA

#16 Apr 21, 2009
More candidates, please.
Ocean Empties Into Pajaro

Santa Cruz, CA

#17 Apr 21, 2009
What is Right is Right wrote:
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Hey, Joe, this comment shows how little you know about environmental issues. The 5th District has the largest watershed in Santa Cruz county, the San Lorenzo. Watersheds empty into the ocean, Joe. Get a book and a map.
Hey "Mr. Right", perhaps you should check your map and book first yourself. Mr. Stone's problem and "resume" is that Pajaro's Watershed, which has the Pacific Ocean apparently "emptying" into it causing the worst salt water intrusion loss in the world for decades, has been neglected by Supervisor Stone and the Coastal Commission, as well, for decades. Isn't our coastal ground water a coastal resource worthy of protection of our Board of Supervisors and the Coastal Commission? One would hope so, wouldn't one?
Boulder Bob

Daly City, CA

#18 Apr 22, 2009
Gordon wrote:
Your kidding I sure, no one would make a lake out of Yosemite, but the sierra club would drain existing reservoirs for muddy valleys. We need more reservoirs not fewer, but some discretion is needed for sure. I don't think all valleys need to be saved.
No one? That's how the Sierra Club got started, about a hundred years ago. But it is run by extremists these days.
Gordon

Denver, CO

#20 Apr 22, 2009
Clueless wrote:
Amazing how many morons there are, especially in SF. Actually the Sierra Club is a very moderate organization. Calling them extremists is like calling Fox news, well news.
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Any group that wants to tear down the Hetch Hetchy dam, so they can once again see the beautiful (muddy)Hetch Hetchy valley is an extremists group in my opinion.
Boulder Bob

Daly City, CA

#21 Apr 22, 2009
Clueless wrote:
Amazing how many morons there are, especially in SF. Actually the Sierra Club is a very moderate organization. Calling them extremists is like calling Fox news, well news.
If you think I'm in SF because topix says so, you must be a moron, too.

I'm all for preserving wilderness and sea otters, but just don't understand why the Sierra Club needed to weigh in on Prop 4, the parental notification initiative. Also, they opposed outstanding civic-minded candidates Don Lane and Donna Lind for city council in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley, respectively, in favor of their single-issue losers. Yes, they're extremists. If they'd stick to the issues they were founded on, I'd still be a member.
What is Right is Right

Santa Cruz, CA

#22 Apr 22, 2009
Ocean Empties Into Pajaro wrote:
<quoted text>Hey "Mr. Right", perhaps you should check your map and book first yourself. Mr. Stone's problem and "resume" is that Pajaro's Watershed, which has the Pacific Ocean apparently "emptying" into it causing the worst salt water intrusion loss in the world for decades, has been neglected by Supervisor Stone and the Coastal Commission, as well, for decades. Isn't our coastal ground water a coastal resource worthy of protection of our Board of Supervisors and the Coastal Commission? One would hope so, wouldn't one?
Hey, Mr.Ocean, I'm not a "Mr.". My question to you is what have YOU done to get recognition for the problems Pajaro has. I volunteer my time constantly to environmental issues in the San Lorenzo Valley and speak at the Supervisor meetings, too. If you want to change things,Mr.Ocean, get involved and quit waiting for someone to come knock on your door.

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