The ADC should be the last group that anyone listens to. They have more conflicts of interest than any local group I’ve ever heard of. Let’s face it, they get money to lobby on the behalf of select private interests and have no place in the decision making process. The audacity of the ADC is shocking. Santa Rosa, I now refer to it as Little Chicago, is an embarrassment to all those who still believe that our opinions and votes matter.
This is an important debate about community coalitions that seek to have more influence or even exclusive influence over elected officials’ actions. Do they own these officials? If they do, it is a very sad day. Do we need to have a ballot initiative to ban the use of Community Benefits Agreements that give exclusive rights to a small select group of people? Who are they anyway, and how many of them are there? Does anyone know who paid them to kill the Lowe’s project in Santa Rosa?