I am both concerned and puzzled by making decisions or voting on council issues that may involve the federal government, in particular, his reasoning in stepping down and not participating in discussions concerning the apartment buildings that are in jeopardy of collapse.Vreeland not
This behavior presumably is caused by Mr. Vreeland
working for the US (EPA).
I say presumably because Mr.
Vreeland has not disclosed the terms under which he has to step back
from decisions. The EPA gets involved in a lot off issues on the
coastside. The rest of the federal government broadly gets involved in
almost everything else in town. Neither the rest of council nor staff
have said anything about this stepping back.
So, have we lost a
councilmember on key issues? We now have only 4 dealing with critical
issues and one--Vreeland--on the sideline?
What about the EPA
employees on the ? Have these commissioners also taken themselves out
of decisions, like all environmental
impact reports, that may involve the federal government? At
least one PC commissioner is an EPA lawyer, so he should know the rules.
Does he step back?
What about Vreeland's aggressive support of
the now defunct biodiesel refinery? He supported that, even traveled to
testify at the Coastal Commission and the federal government was deeply
involved in that project. He didn't step down on that project. Is this a
selective application of a "rule" we don't know about?
are the step down rules. Do they apply to planning commissions? How
does the public feel about a councilmember no longer representing the
voters on all issues before council?