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Sebastopol appoints land use consultants to Planning Commission


Land use consultants Scot Stegeman and Russ Pinto were appointed to the Sebastopol Planning Commission on Tuesday.

The two were praised by the council for their long experience in land use planning, which are beneficial attributes as the city gets ready to update the General Plan for the first time in 20 years.

“With the General Plan update coming, we need people who can hit the ground running,” said Councilman John Eder.

“The work will be voluminous and very important,” said Councilwoman Sarah Gurney.

Eder, Gurney, Mayor Michael Kyes and Vice Mayor Robert Jacob voted for the two applicants.

Councilman Patrick Slayter cast the lone no vote, saying that after looking at the makeup of the present commission, he thought some divergent views were necessary.

“The planning commission needs to represent the entire community,” Slayter said. “Too many folks with the same vision isn’t good for any of us.”

Slayter nominated Craig Boblitt, who is retired and a member of the Design Review Board, and John Henel, a retired software engineer.

The other applicant to the Planning Commission was architect Craig Williams.

Stegeman and Pinto are taking the seats that were held by Vice Mayor Jacob, who was chairman of the planning commission before being elected to the City Council, and by Clare Najarian, who did not seek re-appointment.

You can reach Staff Writer Bob Norberg at 521-5206 or bob.norberg@pressdemocrat.com.

5 Responses to “Sebastopol appoints land use consultants to Planning Commission”

  1. James Bennett says:

    I think the “consultant” for land use should be its owner.

    However that is not the ideology that our “public servants” have subscribed to.

    It’s time to wake up and become someone none of us thought we’d ever be.

    Or we will end up with a life we never thought we’d have.

    Planning and land use are not benign terms.

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  2. Bob Whittaker says:

    PD Pension Expert favorite and Efren Carrillo appointed planning commissioner Tom Lynch has had quite a bit of property tax delinquencies (including foreclosures) but has yet to be called out for it. Apparently only progressives who don’t pay their taxes late are fair game. Pretty hypocritical of Carrillo to attack Rue Furch for not paying taxes and then appoint someone to the planning commission who has thousands in arrears and foreclosure for non payment of property taxes.

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  3. barbi says:

    Well if it isn’t the “land planning consultant” who didn’t pay his property taxes for 5 years, Scot Stegeman!


    Sebastopol City Council and Planning Commission have been taken over by Agenda 21 true believers, as a result of the approval of a new CVS pharmacy in downtown.

    And how ironic! I am sure these same individuals support Barack Obama and will be the first to extoll the virtues of ObamaCare. The very much hated CVS was one of the major authors of ObamaCare! CVS is set up to become the new one stop health center for all the masses under ObamaCare. The new center in Sebastopol will have a “health clinic” inside and those on the “exchanges” and on MediCal will see “health practitioners” (not doctors) in these centers. The usual Big Pharma drugs will be doled out to keep the masses subdued. But hey! Free condoms for everyone!!!!!!

    And Agenda 21 just keeps on its stealthy march…….

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  4. Rosa Koire says:

    Ahhh, Randall O’Toole. Fearful that his marginal relevance will fade if he acknowledges the truth.

    Far from being a ‘conspiracy theory’ or a ‘tin-foil hat’ fantasy, this is an actual United Nations plan, signed onto in 1992 by President George HW Bush along with 178 other world leaders. The UN called it Agenda 21 because it is the Agenda for the 21st century. According to UN Secretary General Maurice Strong, the ‘affluent middle-class American lifestyle is unsustainable.’ That includes single family homes, private vehicles, appliances, air-conditioning, & meat-eating. They are a threat to the planet.

    After George Bush signed it in 1992, it was brought back to the US by President Clinton (1993) when he created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development for the sole purpose of getting it into every city, county, and state in the US through federal rules, regulations, and grants. This is a global plan but is implemented locally. You’ll see it as a regional plan. It might be called Vision 2035, or Your Town 2025, or One Bay Area, or Plan NY…all of these regional plans are the same. They call for stack and pack housing, restricted mobility, and regional government. Domestic surveillance, smart meters, GMO’s, loss of freedom—all UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.

    This might sound like a silly plan that doesn’t affect you. But look around. This economic collapse is UN Agenda 21. You’ll hear that this plan is non-binding, that it’s a dusty old plan with no teeth. That is a lie. In fact over the last 20 years this plan has been implemented all over the United States. It’s called Sustainable Development. The 3 E’s: ecology, economy, equity.

    The American Planning Association was given a multi-million dollar grant in 1996 to develop the land use plans that we are using today–plans that implement UN Agenda 21–the agenda for the 21st century.

    Continuing to refer to this as a conspiracy theory is a diversion, and is intellectual cowardice.

    UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all education , all energy, all information, and all human beings in the world. INVENTORY AND CONTROL

    For more information see Democrats Against UN Agenda 21

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  5. John Olson says:

    At a recent property rights conference in Bozeman, Montana, anti-Smart Growth spokesman Randall O’Toole was taking part in a panel discussion when he was asked a question concerning my opposition to Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development. Said the questioner, “DeWeese calls the sustainability doctrine ‘a complete agenda of control,’ that has been largely embraced by most aspects of the government.” O’Toole was asked to comment on that.

    O’Toole responded by downplaying the significance of the UN and Agenda 21. Whether it is true or not, he said, it is not relevant in the process of addressing the issues, and in fact, will most likely diminish credibility because it starts sounding like a “black helicopter” conspiracy. Instead, O’Toole said, the focus should be that “they are taking away our rights.” He then said, “it really isn’t the UN. It is our own urban planning profession and the American Planning Association.”

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