Editorial: ‘Thumbs Down’ to RB Planning Board
THUMBS DOWN to the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board for its dysfunction. The latest example of this ongoing problem was at the April 19 meeting when there were once again accusations of not following bylaws, delays caused by complaints surrounding the officer election and confusion over which seat an appointed board member would assume.
We know you are all volunteers, but it is time to learn the rules and do necessary pre-meeting preparation. Not knowing what seat a member-at-large could be appointed to was shameful. This and other issues caused the meeting to drag on for three hours, much longer than necessary, which led to an important issue — residents’ allegations that the Rancho Bernardo Inn is not adhering to its conditional use permit — not being heard until past 9 p.m., more than two hours into the meeting. It’s a surprise these residents bothered to stay seeing how the first two hours unfolded. Then each was told they only had three minutes to speak in the interest of moving the meeting along. Ironic.
No one is going to want to be appointed to the board’s four empty seats if they continue to witness these problems. It’s the start of a new planning board year — now get your act together.
THUMBS UP to Palomar Health for switching its long-term payment plan to a company that provides more flexible payments over five years, instead of adhering to a monthly plan over two years. In these tough economic times and skyrocketing medical costs, patients need all the help they can get to meet their financial obligations.
THUMBS UP — or should we say HATS OFF? — to all those involved in organizing Rancho Bernardo’s third annual Hats Off to Volunteers recognition ceremony in Webb Park on April 21. This year 67 deserving individuals were honored for their countless hours of service to the community. We hope this is a tradition that will be around for decades to come.
THUMBS DOWN to the City of San Diego for continued delays in the completion of an intrusive sewer line project on Pomerado Road near the hospital. The work often delays traffic in both directions. The latest snag, involving the moving of recently discovered underground utilities, means the work won’t be completed for several more weeks.
THUMBS UP to Rancho Bernardo High School varsity baseball coach Sam Blalock, who on Monday won his 800th game, becoming only the third coach in the state to achieve that milestone. Over his 40-plus years coaching high school baseball at Poway, Mt. Carmel and Rancho Bernardo high schools, Blalock has won 10 CIF titles and has sent a number of players on their way to Major League Baseball careers. His program is so well-known and successful that some major league scouts refer to RB High as “the factory.” Billy Beane, who played under Blalock at Mt. Carmel High and who is now the general manager of the Oakland A’s, said, “I understand how great he is, not only as a teacher and coach, but an all-around person.”
THUMBS UP and congratulations to the first inductees into the Poway High School Hall of Fame: Jeffrey Belk, Jud Buehler, Mathrew Fei and Don Higginson. The distinguished alumni will be honored at a Poway High Foundation fundraising dinner to be held Friday, May 25 at the Bernardo Winery. It’s also good to see that a high school alumni association is being formed under the direction of the foundation.
THUMBS UP to Bruce Tarzy and the other six members of the new Poway redevelopment oversight committee for being willing to take on what will be a challenging, multi-year task of redistributing the sizable financial holdings of the city’s now-defunct redevelopment agency. Tarzy, a former Poway City Council member and longtime civic leader, is chairing the county-run committee. The good news is that five of its members live in Poway. The challenge is that each member represents a taxing agency that will want its maximum piece of the redevelopment pie. The panel faces many difficult decisions, including what to do with more than 70 redevelopment-related properties now owned by the city
THUMBS UP and best wishes to Luanne Hulsizer, who is leaving her position as president and CEO of the Poway Chamber of Commerce for a new economic development job in Chula Vista. Hulsizer has been an asset to both the chamber and the community during her five years here.
THUMBS UP to the city for revamping the annual Train Song Festival, held this past Saturday in Old Poway Park. The event was moved from the fall and transformed from a concert format to one where participants could experience the Age of Steam through a variety of hands-on activities.
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