wonder if this is another case of that old political saw' "absolute power corrupts absolutely"?
all can relate to that feeling of helplessness / powerlessness we feel when faced with the un-bridled absolute power of the
CA Coastal Commission (i.e. not un like that of the judicial system &/or the IRS).
should ask, who holds the Commission responsible to the will of the people of CA; the Assembly Speaker, the Sierra club or
the Pebble Beach Co.? One pol? One special interest group or company? One can only wonder as we read this from our good friend
I see your names in the DNN Blog news and read this in the rag this day and
want to know if it is newsworthy so you may pass it on should you wish to do
Just the fact that they are having controversy amongst themselves,
newsworthy and the "right to remove trees" is another. Workings of the
Sierra Club still another
Speaker's appointments to Coastal Commission Draw Questions
Sacramento (AP) Assembly Speaker Fulton Nunez appointed four alternates to
the California Coastal Commission, a move the Sierrra Club and at least one
commissioner said he had no authority to do.
The Friday appointments came days before the commision is scheduled to
cast a final vote on a multimillion golf project in Pebble Beach, a high
profile development backed by actor Clint Eastwood, former Major League
Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and retired golfer Arnold Palmer.
The Pebble Beach Co. - which hosts an annual fundraiser for the
Democratic Party -- is pushing the project, which commission staff in March
described as "highly problematic" because developers would cut sensitive
pine trees in the Del Monte Forest and pave wetlands.
Nunez appointed three new alternates -- Elizabeth Brem, Adi Liberman,
and Ralph Rubio -- and reassigned David Allgood, alternate to commissioner
Steve Padillia, to another commissioner.
"The speaker is trying to insert a yes person who has no experience in
coastal issues," commented Mark Massara, an attorney and director of Sierra
Club's coastal programs.
The appointment of Blem especially raised eyebrows. She is expected to
vote in place of Padillia, who cnanot make Wednesday's meeting.
Padillia said only he, and Nunez, can decide his alternate. He said
Allgood, not Brem, will vote in his place.
Nunez spokesman Steve Maviglio defended the appointments, saying the
speaker has the rights to make the changes. He disputed charges of vote
Triplicate -- Saturday, June 10, 2006 Pg. A12)
Many many thanks Jenny,