It’s Them Old Devilish Details
The Blakeslee special legislation is posted at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab%202701-2750ab%202701_bill_20060621_amended . There’s also an “analysis” written by Peter Detwiler, staff consultant to the Senate Committee on Local Government making the rounds. The report was prepared for the hearing on Wednesday, June 28th.
There are so many questions and unknowns about this legislation at this point that it will take some time for everyone to read and digest what it all means and to carefully scrutinize the Intended & Unintended Consequences of it all. Not known is whether the bill, as written, will now go to committee for more input and change, and if so whose input and who does the changing?
Another critical Unknown is whether the CSD has any say in this matter or if the community is left sitting outside the closed backroom door, like the proverbial Red Haired Stepchild, while the Big Boys decide this community’s fate in the smoke-filled room. And so forth.
If I understood the Board of Supervisors’ vote last week, a subcommittee composed of Supervisor Bianchi (oh, Irony!) and Lenthall will review the legislation and give a thumbs up or down by Wednesday. I have no clue if anyone else will be waggling their thumbs in any direction as well.
If the legislation gets passed it won’t take effect until Jan 07, which means a whole lot may change before this can even get out of the gate. According to Blakeslee’s various public statements of intent, he wanted to get all the stakeholders to the table. This legislation doesn’t make it clear just who’s at the table or whether the table’s long gone and only one party – the county – was invited to sit down.
Like everything else in this long, strange trip, it’s important that everyone remain cool, get as much accurate information as possible and stay tuned as things may change moment to moment, so jumping to conclusions may result in someone landing on hard ground as the target zips out from under their feet every ten seconds.
Mucho caveats to all.