Thursday, May 15, 2014

4th District Supervisor Forum

Watched the League of Women Voters' forum for 4th District Supervisor last night on KEET. No surprises there.

Chris Kerrigan went through his boilerplate anti- development lines, harping on the board being overly influenced by developers. Virginia Bass rightfully pointed out there isn't a problem with sprawl in the county.

Both seemed to try and appeal to the Left by supporting a local increase in the minimum wage and a plastic shopping bag ban, if memory serves me correct. Aside from that, nothing memorable. Kerrigan seemed to me the fringe candidate. Bass as more the thoughtful and pragmatic one.

I'll vote for Bass, but as the lesser of two evils. I'd almost rather stand aside on this one.


At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Julie Timmons said...

Feel free to stand aside, Fred! BTW I bought a plant at your sale Saturday . Please keep us posted when you have those!

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Thanks for attending the plant sale. I always post them here when they're going to have one. I believe they're having one more this summer.

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bass said "Quite Frankly" at least a dozen times. Hard to trust that from a politician. Kerrigan's catch phrase was "For Example", as he explained why people should vote for him. He is hitting the ol' boy land speculator crowd hard. Good.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Democratic Jon said...

Quite frankly Fred I'd agree with you that Bass is more pragmatic if we erase from the equation things like long term societal concerns including protecting agriculture and timberland for the long term.

If our look-ahead vision stops at 25 or 50 years ahead and we're saying to our ancestor's we are doing what we can - you do what you can with what we left you. Then I agree with you.

Let's think about today. Let's keep rolling with what we are doing because it's working (ish). No need to plan or involve the public sector because truthfully the private sector and the market place has this covered.

Yes, if I believed that, I'd also agree that Supervisor Bass was the more pragmatic. More thoughtful...? Before I comment on that I'd have to watch the debate. I was at the HCDCC last night so I missed it.

But sincere thank you for posting on it Fred. You are the only local "media" that did that I've found.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"Let's think about today. Let's keep rolling with what we are doing because it's working (ish)."

And neither of you can come up with an example of the runaway development that Kerrigan is supposedly worried about.

At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is called a straw man. It's not growth. It's pattern of growth.

You don't need a huge population to harvest unsustainably. You also don't need a huge population to lay a community's footprint in a way that is unsustainable.

How will the market and the private sector protect arable land if it earns more profit in the short term to divide and sell for development?

Shouldn't there be a group, say, us, that is planning for the future, or should we trust the chamber of commerce to plan for the future. They will be the most pragmatic for their members, and a good chunk of the population will do ok when they thrive.

At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Liberal jon said...

Oops, not ancestors, descendants.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Liberal jon said...

And the anonymous is me and my former name is too. Google makes you jump through hoops each comment if you don't want to use their universe to blog or comment.


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