northparkrick

City sides with developers, residents, developers again

Another fine example of the inept DSD and the enablement, and actual SUPPORT of improper permitting by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, and Interim-Hypocrate Mayor Todd (Jgo & Tglo). DSD routinely issues ministerial permits for projects that should be subject to full public input process all over the city. When area residents catch on to this absolutely illegal activity, the project is usually far enough along that all the residents get is "oops, we made a mistake", "there's simply nothing we can do now", "it fell through the cracks", "we can't stop it without great risk", or "we'll make sure it never happens again"....this time it's "I think we are stuck". To Goldsmith re your quote: "The City can be held liable for failing to afford a developer due process even if there would have otherwise been a legitimate basis for issuing a stop work order had the process been followed". Did you already forget about Jack in the Box North Park? Filner followed due process then, and you refused to issue the stop work order, choosing instead to face a lawsuit by the residents rather than one by the Big Bucks Box. I have a suggestion: DO YOUR DAMN JOBS CORRECTLY, ALL OF YOU ! We would have none of this abuse of neighborhoods if DSD would simply correctly apply Land Use Code, Zoning, and Community plan regulations, and stop catering to big business interests. Goldsmith wouldn't have to "defend the City" against lawsuits for improperly issued permits, and Todd would no longer have to have to "clean up the mess" and could get back to his 'sexy streets'. Hey Rolandans for Quality Infill Development -- good for you! You are part of a movement throughout the city to say 'enough is enough' and stand up for your quality of life against a corrupt municipal system. Check out two other community groups who have joined forces to stop the endless cycle of abuse to our neighborhoods: http://www.careaboutclairemont.com/ http://www.careaboutnorthpark.com/ This happens all over our city. Certainly there are more groups who are fed up with it all. Maybe a united coalition of such neighborhood advocacy for groups could effect some real change in our messed up municipal system.
— November 5, 2013 8 p.m.

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