Supes flip-flop on Emad appointment
Despite a recent request by County Supervisors that Bruce Emad rescind his letter of resignation from the Humboldt County Planning Commission, the Board voted today to put Emad on the back burner while it considers other applicants.
Chairman Mark Lovelace, who voted no on the sudden change of direction, called the move “insulting and disrespectful.” He said today’s “total reversal” follows the board’s unanimous direction two weeks ago to plead with Emad and fellow commissioner Mary Gearheart to stay for an additional year while the General Plan Update is finished.
New Supervisors Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg said their vote to ask Emad and Gearhart to rescind their resignations came before they knew what they were doing because of their freshman positions on the board.
Bass said she would like to find an applicant willing to serve the full 4-year term. Sundberg said the Board should follow the usual process of accepting applications.
Bass and Sundberg’s comments were supported by Realtors and members of HumCPR, who have long criticized the GPU process. Some of them said they were applying for the position.
Coincidentally, Bass and Sundberg were largely supported by this same group during the recent elections. But Bass bristled at any notion that she has a hidden agenda. She argued that she’s simply new and clueless.
Lovelace noted conflicting sentiments in the community about the General Plan Update process. He said that while there are complaints about it taking too long, any attempt to give it a time frame is similarly criticized.
Supervisor Jimmy Smith said he was concerned that Emad would take offense to the sudden reversal.