Comments by Joel Farbstein
I’d agree with Vince Williams on the entertainment value of the MCC as political theater, except that I realize that people are volunteering to serve in an honest effort to move the Coastside forward. Neil Merrilees, for one, seems to have managed to grok input from all MidCoast viewpoints, and get Rich Gordon’s ear. So hope springs eternal, and there are 3 more people who will soon undertake that goal. But Carl May, and even Deborah Lardie, are making their job even more difficult. Does Lardie,…
Thanks, Barry, and I'd use even stronger terms to condemn this kind of activity. Can we get all candidates to publicly disavow this type of behavior, and to encourage their supporters to stick to the issues?
People should direct their questions and concerns to the candidates themselves. The MCC, for instance, is hosting a Candidates Forum on Wednesday, 9/30, at 7:30 pm at Seton Medical Center, with the LWV (which I learned about on the posting on your site).
I appreciate Leonard's insights, but I could have done without the allegations. The fact that I think he is awful at representing the MidCoast is beside the point. But since he brought it up, please know that I have written Leonard private notes urging him to stop his negativity and his name-calling (it's especially unflattering since he's an elected representative). I cited his frequent rants, including all this dirt he's thrown in his public writing: "this is a scam… The Comcrap outage..." "Calling…
Good point, Ken. But I think Naomi Patridge's devotion to children is what guides her decision-making as she looks to protect the vital interests of future generations. I much prefer that view over those who espouse the "preserving the rural charm" argument as a cover to block improvements in essential infrastructure (schools, water, roads, parks, etc) so they can continue to live like hermits. That's a disservice to all Coastsiders, and unrealistic. With your rigorous vetting process--which I admire…
And that answers the question how?
No theory, just wondering. Usually, incumbency is an advantage. You know, taking credit for all that's been accomplished.
I agree with you. But why do you think Leonard Woren listed himself as "software engineer" instead of "incumbent"? All the other incumbents are listed as such.
Are you saying you prefer the headlines from Ruddock’s prior service?
"RUDDOCK IS MAYOR AGAIN.
RETURN TO RANCOROUS POLITICS ON HMB COUNCIL?"
by Eric Rice, HMB Review, 12/4/96.
Or is that what you prefer?
As far as putting kids first, that has Patridge's name all over it.
Actually, Ken Johnson's suggestions about some new blood instead of Freer and Ruddock sounds like a good idea.
Didn't MWSD's rates go up $13.95% from the 7/12/07 rates that are (still) posted online? Here's what Paul Perkovic is NOT telling you when he writes "higher rates for some rate tiers": While MWSD charges less per HCF for the range of 7-19 HCFs, that cost is MORE THAN OFFSET by an MWSD base rate that's 3x more expensive. Meaning, we MWSD customers pay WAY more for water than CCWD or NCCWD (Pacifica) customers: Service charges, as of today: NCCWD: $11.04 base rate per month CCWD: $10.94 base rate per…
Carl's version: MWSD doggedly pursued this issue for years and suddenly, amazingly, found evidence of a connection. Reality: MWSD ignored the evidence for years and finally approved the reconnection when it was politically expedient. Like I said, I'm happy the hookup will be reestablished. MWSD doesn’t need me to embarrass them. (They're plenty good at that themselves; for evidence watch the video.) They DO need me (and other residents) to hold them accountable when they don’t provide efficient…
I can understand Carl May trying to defend his friends, but he should have picked a better subject on which to chime in because he's more than just misinformed here, he's incorrect. Watch the recent MWSD meeting and see for yourself the CPR presentation, after which you'll hear Scott Boyd proclaim there's not enough evidence to support a Moss Beach Park water connection. Kathryn Slater-Carter said the same thing. (Let's go to the videotape!) Only Paul Perkovic pointed out that no one would entrust…
Interesting politics at work here. Notice how Scott Boyd takes credit (shared with Kathryn Slater-Carter and Paul Perkovic) but no mention of Bob Ptacek, the sole MWSD Board member who openly supported it. And no words for the other 2 MWSD Board Members who are up for reelection. So the person who was the most staunchly opposed to a flush toilet for so many years, is now claiming credit for finding a creative solution?!!! We need more civic minded citizens such as Bill Hill and the Moss Beach Park…
Ah, another issue on which Kevin Lansing and I agree (and Barry, too). My sons have had excellent experiences at Cunha (and Farallone View and the High School, for that matter) and we are huge proponents of public education, both in general and on the Coast.
Now if we could only get the anti-parcel tax crowd to listen to people -- from both sides of the slow-growth vs. no-growth debate -- who live it every single day, students would benefit even more.
Nice job by Ken Johnson of hijacking this thread, and actually NOT blaming something on CUSD for once. **But why not end this debate by listing, specifically, who met, in what order, and detail how the letter was drafted and distributed?** Or if our elected officials don't want their constituents to know, they can keep arguing and it'll be clear their call for "transparency" is a sham. -Joel
Jeez, don't you think every time you yell "Coastal Commission" you weaken your case? (See "Fables, Aesop's." First in-fill lots EAST of Highway 1, and now something that sits **between light industrial and the airport**? Pretty soon you won't be taken seriously, especially if you keep up the smokescreen and the adjectives. Just debate the facts, please, and feel free to share your knowledge of the history of the area, including what other (and better?) uses have been planned for that site.
That's lame, Barry. **YOU** are the one creating the controversy. You yourself wrote "**near**" wetlands. The permits were approved. The other thread even states (EARLY ON): "...the county’s Development Review Services Manager... (said)... the property was exempt from coastal district and grading regulations...."
The fabrications you make to attract readers is really a disservice to the Community. (The video is a good service; thanks.) Focus on the merits of the project, please.
How about a coin flip for which members serve as the four Northern directors?
Vince Williams cut through the hyperbole and made a lot of sense. But I don't equate a flush toilet at Moss Beach park with growth, nor being an exception to the moratorium. The water connection has existed for many years. And it's not about growth, it's about toddlers using a flush toilet in a neighborhood park! Since Kathryn Slater-Carter reads Coastsider.com, I hope she can correct the statement on another post that "KSC told the BOS this week that she had reviewed 43 months of agenda for the…
Ken: I attended the meeting, so I'll direct you to Kevin Bacon's recap above. Fairly accurate, though there were some new faces in the crowd, and some even spoke for/against the conflict-of-interest resolution. Or see my note on TalkAbout for a highlight at the end. I went, after the Cunha Science Fair. (A shame the meeting was on the same night.) Was that why you missed the MCC? At least watch the video and form your own opinion. Sit through the lengthy Perkovic and Lohman campaign speeches for…
Where's the discussion of MCC **accomplishments** in the transcription of Paul Perkovic's 15-minute MCC "discussion topics" speech? He **must** have read the Needs Assessments during his 10 years on MCC. Since he's on MWSD, and there still isn't a flush toilet at Moss Beach Park, what does that say about his ability to deliver on items of community importance? (Or the MCC as a whole?)
Page 2 of 4 pages < 1 2 3 4 >