We were very frustrated by the unanimous vote by the Board of County Commissioners to deny our appeal. Our District-2 Commissioner, Bob Lucey, recused himself since his campaign manager had worked for Ascente. The vice-chairman, Marsha Berkbigler, chaired the meeting even though she had taken contributions from Ascente investors for her last campaign. Commissioner Kitty Jung explained to the public that taking campaign contributions from an applicant does not disqualify a commissioner from voting on that applicant’s project. Really?! We felt betrayed: our concerns and arguments were apparently ignored.
We will re-group to consider what is next. We are at a great disadvantage to stop the project now, but there are legal actions we can pursue.
What is not in doubt, is that we will be politically active in the coming year to unseat our commissioner (Lucey). He is apparently the ring leader for the pro-developer faction. We will also consider what we can do to replace commissioners Jung and Herman who are also up for re-election in 2018 with candidates who will at least enforce the existing codes and safety requirements.
Stay tuned …