Since late 2010, Virginia Bass has been helping stack the Planning Commission with unrestricted development proponents Lee Ulansey, Robert Morris, Allan Bongio and most recently Kevin McKenny. She has helped orchestrate the manipulation of the process, so they could just about gut any reasonable planning guidelines.
Yesterday, Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass finally agreed with the public demand that the Board of Supervisors should take responsibility for this phase of the general plan update. “I’m taking responsibility,” she said, in a clear attempt to short circuit the intense public back lash. “I thought it would work; it didn’t. It was a failed effort.” She was referring to her friend and donor Lee Ulansey’s maneuvering on the Commission. Those moves included trying to remove trails and protections for open spaces/wetlands from the General Plan. They were hoping to accomplish their aims without the public noticing.
Bass admitted that process “has been a learning experience.” Clearly, she has figured out that people are paying attention. Thanks in part to alerts from Supervisor Lovelace, Humboldt Baykeeper, The NEC and Trails Council, lots of concerned citizens have become involved.
The Examiner assumes this will still be fresh in voters minds come the June election, where Chris Kerrigan is challenging Bass for her job.