Friday, August 10, 2018

Anyone who disagrees with Keener must be either a Realtor or someone stirred up by them - John Keener

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Blogmaster's note: Got a hold of this letter from city council member John Keener to Coastal Commission member Carol Groom. It looks like Keener is trying to change the wording of a proposed resolution from the Coastal Commission in order to make managed retreat in Pacifica easier to impose.  

I can't claim to be totally clear on the details of the proposed resolution, but I did find it annoying that Keener repeats the mindless NIMBY argument that anyone who doesn't agree with them must be an evil Realtor or an easily manipulated idiot who can't think for themselves.  Doesn't show much respect for Pacifica voters.


On Aug 6, 2018, at 4:48 PM, John Keener wrote: Hi Carole, As you know, Pacifica is formulating a SLR plan for incorporation into its LCP update. It is funded in large part by a grant from the Coastal Commission. We've had considerable controversy already (mainly from realtors and folks stirred up by them) about managed retreat. The Coastal Commission staff strongly suggests we should consider it, and we are. 

The resolution before you this month has raised further controversy, in that some are interpreting it as a loss of local control, and a lack of sympathy from the commission staff for cities that have urban areas next to the ocean, like Pacifica. Myself, I wonder, why are staff bringing this resolution forward. It seems to me to be a statement of existing policy. Perhaps that policy is unwritten? Perhaps it's a prelude to something else? These 2 clauses about armoring and sand replenishment seem true to me, I can't argue with them: “Whereas, the use of shoreline armoring to protect threatened development, including public infrastructure, as well as the presence of the armoring structures themselves, prevents the landward migration of the shoreline and coastal habitats, causing further degradation and loss of beaches, shorelines, and related coastal habitats, and these effects, in concert with sea level rise, will further degrade the public’s ability to access and recreate along the coast;” “Whereas, beach replenishment is one alternative to shoreline armoring, but replenishing beaches with sand is replete with challenges, including high costs, impacts to natural resources, limited sand sources, and the temporary nature of the replenishment;” Agreed that sand replenishment, which could play a big part in Pacifica's proposed adaptation strategy, but will probably not be actually performed for the reasons given, is not a very realistic alternative. The resolution part of this: “Ensuring that shoreline armoring is only permitted if necessary and if no less environmentally damaging feasible alternative is available;” I think should be modified to: “Ensuring that shoreline armoring is only permitted if necessary to save existing structures or infrastructure and if no less environmentally damaging economically feasible alternative is available;” Saving existing structures or infrastructure, it could be argued, makes the statement more stringent, but it also targets the armoring to 1 or 2 conditions. On the other hand, adding the word economically makes it much more a realistic policy. I wonder about the legal implications of "takings" also, but I am not a lawyer. I also worry about unfunded liability of the potential "takings". I think that the law is undeveloped in this area, to say the least. Certainly legislation is undeveloped. Another way of saying what's on my mind, is that an urban area with existing development right up to the bluff edge needs a different policy than an area without development. I've tried to give you my concerns, which I think are not as distrustful of commission staff as most in my city. I think you can sort out what my concerns are. And of course I trust you to do the right thing, whatever you decide that is. Best regards, John

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Nero's Fiddle Maker said...

I think this begs the question, WHAT?
Is Keener the Usurper trying to make it easier to condemn properties? Of course, he doesn't live in the "zone".

Sharon said...

@ Nero I really, really hate to seem paranoid but here is a thought I've had. De-value everything west of the highway so someone can move in and snap up the downgraded real estate.

The Local Libertarian said...

@Sharon .. or up zone the area and remove artificial height restrictions. This will allow for pull back from the shoreline while compensating the loss of gross area with build out of vertical space. And vertical buildings can absorb the cost of building and/or reinforcing the existing natural barrier.

This will allow the existing property owners to cash out while transferring the risk/reward to more capable and willing developers while also improving the economic state of Pacifica City.

Vertical build out improves density and can spread the costs over a higher number of property owners without burdening the city. This is a highly reasonable strategy that is being employed in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai etc., places with significant economic stakes.

Sharon said...

@ LL interesting scenario, maybe if the frog people get their frog tunnel it might have a chance.

Anonymous said...

I doubt it. That would bring economic benefit to Pacifica, and they're totally against anything that would do that. A non-starter, I think.

wake up Pacifica said...

This is no surprise.
Just like Trump, Keener's just playing to his base.
Screw everyone else.

Opie said...

Keener has spent his four years in office taking away from Pacifica. Name one positive item he championed. Positive, not something that results in a change in circumstance for the worse for someone. He is dismantling this town. We can't afford another four years of his rule.

wake up Pacifica said...

It's not just Keener. It's Deirdre Martian, Sue Digre, Cynthia Kaufman, Dan Stegnick, Nancy Hall, Peter Loeb and a whole host of others who only want one thing.
"I got mine, screw everyone else".

amy vegan said...

Short film about how one county in Maryland is adapting...shows a house being raised. 13 minute film.

Anonymous said...

What's with the fairly new listing of 145 acres east of the beautiful San Pedro Park? 2,999,999.00? Who wants to go in with me?

Anonymous said...

What's with the fairly new listing of 145 acres east of the beautiful San Pedro Park? 2,999,999.00? Who wants to go in with me?