Anonymous tipster vexes HMB City Hall
An anonymous tipster is causing havoc in Half Moon Bay City Hall, reports the County Times.
In April, the city began receiving a flurry of building appeals from two people operating under the assumed names Robert LeBaron, Nancy LeBaron and David Meir (sometimes spelled Meier). A series of accompanying letters, faxed from untraceable sources, shows the appellants claim to be a couple living in Half Moon Bay under a different name. The appeals were sent from two different Half Moon Bay post of- fice boxes with no accompanying phone number. Fees forthe appeals were sent as anonymous money orders from stores like Safeway.
The letters — which have grown increasingly belligerent over time — also demonstrate an uncanny ability to listen in to conversations at City Hall.
"My friends at Half Moon Bay tell me you had your review today. Hope it went well," wrote "David Meier" in a comment addressed to City Manager Marcia Raines in a letter dated May 8. Raines had indeed just received an employee review the previous afternoon.
Even without an address or a valid name to go by, the anonymous senders succeeded in appealing one case all the way to the City Council — a zoning issue for a single-family home the Council was scheduled to hear last night.
And they brought a legitimate problem with a sign at the new Popeye’s Chicken to the attention of the planning commission. Meanwhile, City Hall is tightening security.
Coastsider has also received information from the anonymous tipster.