I don’t believe Supervisor Mary Piepho is supportive of local input that may tend to thwart her personal agenda, and the recent dismantling of the East County Regional Planning Commission demonstrates this.
First, Supervisor Piepho fired the sitting rep. Then she installed a long-time political ally without interviewing all of the candidates who had applied for the position. Then the ally recommended disbanding the commission, thus eliminating the local input to the county.
I believe this is simply an orchestrated attempt to remove local decision makers so that she can pursue her own agenda of growth without the necessary infrastructure support, and I don’t like it.
Don Flint, Discovery Bay Updated August 24, 2009:(Click here for Superviser Piepho’s response)