Commission chair blasts council
in the May 6th, Almanac,page 10, has the statement
"They (referring to Councilman Cohen and myself (morris brown), alleged that he (referring to Henry Riggs) and another commissioner with "design experience", Melody Pagee had hijacked the process .....
I want to make quite clear, I at no time ever included Melody Pagee of having been involved in any such manner. The statement is not correct.
I did and still do include former commissioner and chair Deziel, Mr. Riggs with support from John O'Malley of essentially trying to create policy, rather than following Council's directive on the policy they wished to be implemented. Yes, I would consider this an attempt to hijack the process.
Commissioner Riggs did not appear before Council to state his position when the vote was taken. Rather than go to council and present his position in public, he only after the fact "blasts the council".
The article goes on to say:
"Council members say they fully intend to uphold the will of the community through the planning process -- that's why they authorized the process in the first place."
Council is the governing body. They make policy, not the planning commission. The Visioning process, which will pass through the planning commission, is not the final authority either.
Certainly in this vein, Council can and should implement their will on the Downtown Visioning process in any final approvals. Yes, if Council decides that 2 story buildings are what are needed along El Camino, they have the power and should exercise it over any approvals. The are after all, the only elected body we have.
Mr. Riggs doesn't seem to accept that. Mayor Robinson has it right by saying Council is not a rubber stamp.