Well just as I was preparing to comment on the news that BJ Nathanson resigned in disappointment from the Pacifica Planning Commission (noting that "As years went on, however, new people came on, the tenor of the commission just kept changing and changing and changing and not for the better, It completely tilted in one political direction and lately, the current commission...I have found a few commissioners who are just refuse to follow the rules.") . . . an early Christmas gift fell into my lap.
The tax returns for the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce for 2006, 2007, and 2008:
PACIFICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2006 form 990
PACIFICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2007 form 990
PACIFICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2008 form 990
Some analysis of these returns unveils some very interesting information.
As Pacifica's business community was quickly dying from 2006 to 2008, Chamber of Commerce CEO Don Eagleston was given a raise in salary and benefits from $83,413 in 2006 to $94,424 in 2007, to $103,799 in 2008.
During the same time period, the Visitors center lost $1,425 during 2006, $46 in 2007, and did manage to eke out a $543 profit in 2008.
Also noted in the 2008 return is the participation of Councilwoman Julie Lancelle, the City of Pacifica's liaison to the chamber, of approximately 2 hours a week. You may recall Ms. Lancelle was very upset that, despite the weak endorsement from Don Eagleston of the proposed sales tax in May of 2009 (Measure D), it failed by over a 60%/40% margin. Perhaps she did not spend enough time with the Chamber of Commerce discussing actual ECONOMIC BUSINESS PROPOSALS that didn't include regressive taxes.
So apparently the one person who profited most by Pacifica's lack of attention to the needs of the business community was its Chamber of Commerce's own CEO. And as the Chamber of Commerce was co-opted by the same non-profit environmentalist community supported by the liaison Julie Lancelle, I have to revisit Nancy Hall's whiny diatribe in the Tribune a few weeks ago and wonder who's fault was it really that the business community was not competently represented the past 8 years???
Article from Jeff Simons, http://jeffsbigmouth.blogspot.com/2010/11/pacificas-chamber-of-commerce-good-for.html
Submitted by Jim Alex