To no one’s surprise, last Monday night the HB Nanny Council refused to allow its adult residents a choice for the innocuous, tree-saving, dog poop-collecting plastic shopping bag — their Ban on them (the only one in Orange County) imposed by the liberal Board majority last year, continues. They’ve denied thousands of taxpayers the right to make a decision by a city-wide vote because they know better and give not a crap about their constituency.
From the Register’s story yesterday, Effort to put repeal of Huntington Beach bag ban up for vote fails to gain support (outside paywall here), council member Connie Boardman says:
People knew who they were voting for when they voted for me. They are not surprised I would take the kind of vote that I did,” she said. “If the majority of the voters in this community aren’t happy … well then we won’t be re-elected. But I don’t think that will happen.
Richard Moore, Chair of the HB Precinct Patriots wrote this a.m.: “As Councilman Joe Shaw so succinctly put it in an email, “If you don’t like my position, vote me out in November.” OK, let’s do that.” Moore’s group is looking to elect Conservatives in the City per this flyer, and presumably will be campaigning against these autocrats in upcoming city council elections.
As we posted last weekend, the Surf City Tea Party also wants to see the Bag Ban put to a vote.
Per the HB City Council website, terms for both Boardman and Shaw end this year, as will Republican Matthew Harper’s (who is running for Assembly without a chance, or any funding). Council member Joe Carchio is termed out (and won’t beat either Michelle Steel or Allan Mansoor for County Supervisor), but Boardman, Shaw and Harper (covering his bases) have submitted docs to run in November. The deadline for the November ballot is August 8th.
Per Surf City Tea, Barbara Delgleize, Billy O’Connell, Eric Peterson and Mike Posey will also be candidates for City Council this year. Per the City Clerk’s office, other declared candidates are Alexander Polsky and Mark Bixby, a Planning Commission member.
Just like global warming, no one’s YET seen a honest, truth-based, unprejudiced argument with facts, statistics and cost that defines plastics as a problem in Huntington Beach (or anywhere else). Instead, reliable sources have cited such bans as unhealthy and responsible for E. Coli infections as we pointed out last year when we wrote how the (well-paid for part-time work) Council got ripped off by the low-lifes at Surfrider. In part,
…the most amusing part of this fictitious crisis (which started with ex-Councilman Devin Dwyer losing a boat motor, which then likely led to his losing re-election) was why the vote’s been delayed from last year. According to last week’s Register story, Plastic bag ban to come to H.B. council in March, the hippies at the Surfrider Foundation, and possibly others, offered to PAY for a $30,000 study on the killer bags that the Council voted to sanction last October. Now that the study and the bill has come in, Surfrider’s only ponied up $4,500 — but Mayor Connie Boardman excuses them by telling the Register that “the volunteer who agreed to raise the funds did not have the go-ahead from the group and the offer was said in the heat of the moment at an emotional council meeting.” That must make it OK then, and the city’s on the hook for $25,500. Or maybe Boardman ought to be pulling out her checkbook.
These liberals need to be challenged to cite how many fewer bags by weight have been collected since the Ban started. How much has it cost city shoppers? They must provide an estimate of how much business and tax revenue has been lost (from my family’s perspective, a few hundred dollars as we now exclusively shop in Fountain Valley).
If Dwyer (a RINO) lost his job for supporting the Ban, then too should Boardman and Shaw for making hysterical and arbitrary decisions on 1) no real, verifiable facts from a neutral third-party and 2) no guidance by a vote from their electorate. Any lame argument that a vote would have been too expensive is bogus — voting is your citizens’ right when a significant impact on local finances is involved and it’s no trick for the ROV to place a simple Initiative on HB’s local ballot. And if the Surfrider deadbeats had paid their bill, they city wouldn’t be $25.5k in the hole and could easily pay the minimal costs (reported by an unreliable source to be $6,444) for a vote that Americans have the right to make.
There’s plenty of time between now and November to build a campaign against Boardman and Shaw and vote the two clowns out. The Bag Ban is exactly the kind of pissant issue to use to take Huntington Beach back from the liberal lunatics and make the City less of a laughing stock. And then the voters can go after Jill Hardy and Jim Katapodis in two years and finish taking the City back.