"So John Keener changed his vote on the library to yes after seeing the outrage to his plan in letting Sharp Park West flood because "it’s not worth saving." Pacifica City Councilman Keener subscribes the fringe aspects of a theory called Managed Retreat which allows an area that was not previously exposed to flooding by the sea to become flooded by removing coastal protection or not maintaining or improving it.
|Repairing damage when possible|
is what an accountable City does.
|Natural disasters happen|
Engineers have been keeping the ocean at bay (no pun) for 100's of years without modern technology. Keener should talk to the Dutch or Viennese.
The sinister thing here may be that John Keener did not reveal these radical beliefs to Sharp Park voters until after he was elected. Now he’s telling anyone who will listen that Sharp Park is not worth protecting. He's embarrassing Pacifica at public meetings all over the Bay Area without authorization to represent us with this moronic concept even telling it to Jackie Speier at a meeting of Vice Mayors he was not even supposed to be at because he isn’t a Vice Mayor (but he said he was).
Someone said "but John Keener is a scientist". Really? He did technical writing for a Pharmaceutical company for stuff like acne medication. Doesn’t really qualify him to repute actual scientists and dedicated professionals that have related degrees and expertise in ocean wave hydrology, structural engineering, physics, sediment patterns, Marine biology etc..
I think voters in Sharp Park (especially) have a right to question and know if Keener's buddy Deirdre Martin who is running for council also believes in letting the seawall and levee dissolve along with West Sharp Park. Is Deirdre Martin also against the Palmetto beautification and the Beach Blvd redevelopment because we aren't worth saving? Does she also want to close Sharp Park Golf Course and let the whole thing flood along with West SP again? Everyone should be asking her these things. Can a reporter at The Tribune please do a story about Keener's fringe views on this that and ask Deirdre Martin these important questions so we don't wake-up floating in Laguna Salada? Martin is backed and supported by the same organizers and inner sanctum of anti-development folks that gave us John Keener and 30 years of no growth city councils. They say they're in favor of smart progress and affordable housing but no plan is ever good enough. I hope Pacifica’s newer residents are paying attention."
Submitted by Robert Hutchinson
Note ocean wave damage 2016 photographs. One break in the seawall: face page image to KTVU/Fox 2, 1/23/16, "Several cliffside homes in Pacifica threatened due to land erosion." Repairing damage from ABC News/KGO-TV/El Nino/Wayne Freedman, 1/18/16, "Pacifica pier remains closed due to massive sinkhole." Framing by the poster.
Posted by Kathy Meeh