I don’t want to do it alone, but I think it might add pressure to the Board of Supervisors.
Forget about everything else for a moment. It is the process that is so surreal. For years previous to gaining a majority on the board the developer/weed/realtor/property-owner/land-speculator/mortgage-broker coalition was arguing for a more democratic process. Here is all that is left of what was once a substantial argument from the Section 1500 group in regard to the end-round Supervisors Fennell and Bohn committed with the support of Supervisors Bass and Sundberg.
The Section 1500 group consisted at one point of Peter Childs, Dan Taranto, Bonnie Blackberry, Tom Grover, and Estelle Fennell (before she became Supervisor). Bonnie Blackberry is closely associated with Charley Custer as they co-host a civil liberties show on KMUD which seems to be 90% complaints about laws against weed, argued under the general umbrella of civil liberties.
Here’s the thing that drives me nuts, and might drive more people nuts if they paid close attention. Bonnie Blackberry and Dan Taranto at some point formed the Public Participation Work Group and began advocating for 3 new public participation principles added to the existing 9. When Estelle and Rex and whoever else drafted the new Guiding Principles, which in effect represent a giveaway to private interests of the government’s responsibility to plan for the future to; when Estelle and Rex did this, they did it in a way ignoring the only 3 principles they did not change. AND those were the three principles they advocated for and successfully added just prior to being elected. It is mind numbing and I wish I had the writing skills to better express why.
Also, take a listen to the BOS justifying the changes (around 2 hr 45 min). You will be amazed by the inconsistency and double speak if you know the whole story. So, I’d really like to see if anyone else is as frustrated as I am and would care to join me for some good-ole 1st amendment action in front of the Courthouse next week. I’m thinking 3 to 5 days 2 to 3 hours around lunch time. Anyone else game?
Bonnie and Dan, I hope to see you out there with me.