For his part, Kime tried to assure the committee that the auditor is also independent and is not influenced by the city council.
But with the Circulate report and Sherman’s attempts to consolidate the groups on the horizon, planners say the audit seems punitive.
“This is very unfortunate timing,” said Jim Baross, chairman of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group. “If this was instead a look at best practices to share among the groups, I think we would have been eager to listen. But this looks, well, uncomfortable. Very unfortunate timing.”
Clairemont Mesa planning group member Susan Mournian summed up the planners’ view of the report and audit. “This baloney by Circulate San Diego is politically driven. Scott Sherman made a move against the recreation councils and he is moving against planning groups,” she said.