Supervisor Patterson’s dumping of Planning Commissioner Sarah Christie was a really dumb move. Apparently, Patterson doesn’t understand that Christie was only one vote on a five-vote panel. He could have retained her competence, knowledge, and pit-bull determination to make projects better, thereby soothing his “environmental/better-projects base,” while soothing his corporate “sure, build whatever” sponsors by telling them off the record, “Aw, you know I can’t do a thing with Christie, but don’t worry. You have the other commissioners, so you’ll have the votes.”
Apparently, Patterson doesn’t get it, so now he doesn’t get my support. And the county taxpayers, alas, are the ones who will really start “getting it” now … again.