The issue at hand is pretty cut-and-dry:
"After Ulansey helped his HumCPR executive director (now former employee) Estelle Fennell win a seat on the Board of Supervisors, she turned around and appointed him to the Planning Commission and did not bother to recuse herself on the vote."
This is unethical at best, and does not befit an elected official. That fact is not changed by whether previous supes did it or not - if they did, they acted unethically as well. I think it's especially egregious when a campaign or organization drapes itself in the flag and invokes the founding fathers at every opportunity. It shows a kind of cynicism that is rotting out the democratic process from the local to the national level.
Speaking of undermining democratic process, Supervisor Fennell led the charge to chuck out years of robust public process that shaped the guiding principles of the GPU and created their own set behind closed doors. In doing so, they stripped out forest and agricultural land protection references and abandoned critical infrastructure funding guidelines. Why? To protect the interests of Fennell's biggst funders: Eureka Readymix, Kramer Investment Corp, Hooven & Company, Hilfiker Pipe Company, O&M Industries, and ReProp Financial (among others). In other words, she is representing the interests of a small block of developers, large property owners, and realtors that were pivotal in her election - all at the expense of her other constituents and the county at-large.
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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