As THC is sure you’ve read and/or heard about if you’ve even vaguely been keeping track of local politics, the Board of Supervisors and a coalition of local activists and members of the community successfully ousted Planning Commission bogeyman Lee Ulansey after he served just one term.
On the surface, this seems pretty kick ass. By all accounts, Ulansey was an asshole. Plenty of folks showed up to the Supervisors’meeting to share their thoughts on Ulansey – and the accusations got pretty harsh. (THC highly encourages you to check out the public comments on Ulansey’s potential reappointment – they’re pure gold. You can see that here: Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting 1-24-2017. Skip ahead to 1:35:45 for the dirt.) We’d like to apologize to all of you for not including Ulansey in our recent Biggest Asshole Award, and will surely consider granting him Honorary Asshole status alongside Matt Owen.
Of course, people somehow managed to avoid commenting on Ulansey’s habitual choice of wardrobe, the tacky Hawaiian shirt, which reminds us of our Uncle Lester and pretty much screams “shady as f***” about anyone who wears them. But we digress.
In all, getting rid of Ulansey is a big win for local interests; THC thinks that this might be the first tangible step in a big swing in a different direction for our area, politically speaking.
But the wind really gets taken out of our collective sails when we consider that the Board of Supervisors somehow managed to appoint – and therefore attach themselves to – the one person in our area that is more politically tainted than Ulansey apparently was. Of course, this is Brian Mitchell – who as you might recall – was (is?) Robin Arkley’s right-hand man.
What the f***? Talk about a boondoggle! Just a few years ago, Arkley was undoubtedly the most reviled local character when it came to politics, and now the Supervisor’s have put his lackey in charge of land use decisions in the County? Clearly, they are not too concerned with re-election. If appointing Ulansey was a bad look for them, how the hell are they going to justify Mitchell?
What’s worse is that there was a plethora of qualified candidates to choose from who would have made excellent additions to the commission and were not beholden to any major development or financial interests locally (which were the most glaring complaints about Ulansey.) THC couldn’t believe it, but our representatives in the Supervisors’ chambers even found themselves in agreement with Mike Wilson’s spiel on diversity in the Commission. (That also might have just been our agents nodding off due to the Mike’s Hard Mimosa breakfast they enjoyed.)
Instead, the Supervisors’ showed blatant disregard for the public input which specifically noted that the next at-large Commissioner should be someone who represented the interests of the people. Instead, we get an acolyte of Arkley? Sheesh.
It remains to be seen just what Brian Mitchell will do on the Planning Commission, but one thing is already abundantly clear from his appointment – your Supervisors are not listening to you, and they are willing to jump into bed with whatever devil they can find so long as they think there are some dollars to go along with it.