Yesterday the Times-Standard dedicated part of its Roasts and Toasts column to the committee of Humboldt County mayors who nominated Eureka mayor Frank Jager to the California Coastal Commission last week:
The seven mayors on the committee took a confusing process to new heights at the meeting last week. While several suggested that potential candidates didn’t have as much time to prepare as Supervisor Mark Lovelace, it’s clear that anyone interested in the position — first written about in early November in this newspaper — could simply have called the governor’s office to clarify how they might apply. Lovelace and fellow nominee Fortuna Mayor Pro Tem Ken Zanzi took the initiative to figure out how to seek the nomination. If other elected officials can’t figure that out, how do they expect to sit on a commission whose staff delivers agenda packets by the box? It’s not an easy position.
The criticism is properly directed at Jager. He told KMUD news Friday that he is more qualified than Lovelace because he’s retired and has time on his hands. Jager used the same line during his 2008 campaign for city council.
Jager said Lovelace’s full-time supervisor gig makes him too busy for the job. Lovelace noted that all coastal commissioners are required to be current elected officials, and many current commissioners are county supervisors.
As it stands, Lovelace, a full-time Supervisor, took steps to learn the process and go for it, while Frank took no action but to complain that no one held his hand through the process.
Yet he’s retired and has nothing better to do, which he says makes him more qualified. But circumstances make him appear doubly unfit. Lovelace looks far more capable.