Squid Fry for Feb 05, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
STALLED AGAIN… If at first you don’t succeed in quashing slow-growth votes… cry racism. Recently, the Weekly broke the story of Franklin J. Lunding, a local attorney with ties to big development bucks in Orange County (and Planning 2020 Inc., a group he founded) who filed a lawsuit intended to stop Carmel Valley incorporation. The group received money from Monterey County contributors, but Lunding won’t name names. Incorporation supporters worry local developers’ checkbooks are behind Lunding– county supes have been happy to rubber stamp proposed C.V. developments for years, and conventional wisdom says a C.V. Town Council would be less friendly to new subdivisions.
But just in case Lunding’s two lawsuits don’t prevent locals from voting on incorporation, Orange County attorney John Ramirez (representing Lunding) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging the proposed town would violate the Voting Rights Act:“… The proposed incorporation will… carve a wealthy white English-speaking enclave out of a county in which a majority of residents are currently Latino,” it says. Hmmm, where has Squid heard this before? Ah, yes, from two earlier lawsuits aimed at keeping anti-sprawl measures off the ballot because they were only circulated in English.
“The people of Carmel Valley have earned the right to hold a free and fair election,” Glenn Robinson, a member of the pro-town Carmel Valley Association, told the Weekly, talking about Lunding’s initial lawsuit. “It’s too bad that this group of developers favor greed and power instead of democracy. Dirty tricks and sleazy tactics should have no place in this election.” Ah, but in Monterey County, sometimes they do.
PELICAN BAY… While Obama’s tax-evading nominees are dropping from the sky like endangered pelicans, Mayor Bruce Delgado’s picks for city commissions are distressing Marina’s old guard like DDT. Delgado and ally Frank O’Connell are getting flak for appointing Jan Shriner and Quinn Gardner, two progressive- yet-relatively-new Marina residents, to the Public Works Commission. Delgado foes are grumbling. Squid expected this because Shriner is a former girlfriend of Delgado. Delgado says his relationship with Shriner ended in 2006, adding that he thinks she’s qualified based on her environmental volunteer work. As for Gardner, who wasn’t interviewed in person, Delgado says that’s a technicality since he’s a “known commodity” who ran for the Marina Coast Water District Board. The council Feb. 18 will continue debating the questionable appointment. Squid thinks they should check the commissioners tax records just to be safe.