It is strategic to take advantage of the lack of democratic representation and go in for the kill when voting members with opposing views are on vacation. Such is the vulnerability of Rule 1001 on the battlefield this week with several supportive voting members of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District board on vacation.
In December 2006, because it was known that two voting members would be on vacation, the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of State Parks almost took ownership of La Grande Tract. It is the major source of air pollution on the Mesa. Given what was at stake, and given what is known now, it might have been better for the county Planning Commission meeting to have been stopped by lack of quorum. It was only by sheer luck that a citizen appeal stopped the process.
This is all documented at http://safebeachanddunes.org , “December Decision” Parts 1 and 2.
There may be a completely different reason for the lack of a quorum at the APCD meeting on July 24. But if two members saw a risk to Rule 1001 and stopped the meeting by their absence, I say “bravo.” Having the issue heard later when the public is fairly represented will preserve the democratic process and avoid what almost happened in December 2006.