Neighbor Candy Chand has a piece in today's Bee about development issues -- and how the county seems to see developers, but not other citizens, as customers. An excerpt:
(County environment official Joyce) Horizumi explained that, in the spirit of streamlining, her department has engaged a new disclosure policy. Developers are now allowed the unprecedented privilege of receiving a sneak preview of their project's executive summary. That way, she justified, the "customer" can offer concerns about disclosed impacts as well as give feedback on mitigations.
And believe it or not, this new practice, which is a reversal of disclosure standards, was pitched as a good thing. I guess there's nothing like hiding any nasty surprises before the draft environmental impact report hits the streets for public review.
With visions of the developer-influenced delete button working overtime, the should-have-been-controversial policy was instead packaged as just another nifty timesaver.
As follow-up, an e-mail was sent to the Department of Environmental Review, asking if the public could preview the undoctored material at the same time as project applicants. Presented with an ethical dilemma, the director agreed that such an arrangement could be made, if a citizen made the request.
You can read it all here.