Dear City Manager, Dear CouncilMembers,

I hope someone is asking how we can choose the right police chief for the job, if we haven’t even determined whether to outsource the HB police dept?

Isnt one related to the other?

How deep into the Chief’s selection process are we?

Don’t you think the public deserves an answer as to where the cities decision makers stand on outsourcing the HBPD; and why they have taken their respective positions.

How long was the chief out on medical leave?

It’s not like the city didn’t have time to evaluate the pros and cons of HBPD outsourcing before entering into the chief’s hiring process.

And if the city has made a decision on outsourcing, one way or another, and we have not heard any informed public comment on this; can we really say things are changing for the better?

If citizens have not heard, in OPEN SESSION, the pro’s the cons, the opinions, considerations and decision points of council and city manager and they have not heard our informed public comment, how can that be the good governance and with the transparency the city needs.

Also don’t you think the public deserves an analysis of the dismal crime statistics cited in the recent HB police association flyer?

Were those statistics real or were they just a method to establish a negotiating position.

My idea is that someone in authority respond substantively to these issues.

Thanks Anthony Higgins

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Anthony Higgins 4 months ago

Mayor Campbell,

If it’s true the city passed a motion that effectively bypassed the normal mayor Pro-tem rotation; and did so without giving the public a chance hear any debate on the underlying reasons or offer public comment in advance of the decision, well that’s a bad decision that, whether it runs afoul of the brown act or not, should be revisited.

I’m sure most citizens believe the decision to select councilman Massey as mayor pro-tem should be vacated until it can be agendized and debated in the open session and the public is given a chance to speak on this.

Anthony Higgins

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Mayor Stacy Armato has vigorously touted the benefits of the parade of special events sponsored by for-profit organizations that now dominate the landscape of our plaza area beaches and downtown area 6-8 months a year.

Why don’t we just cut to the chase and have a vote to extend the plaza area central business district all the way to the High-Tide Line?

Commercial banners, for profit tent stores, and for-profit services are now common place on our beaches and in our public parks.

I know, it draws in lots of tourist dollars and usage fees fund our burgeoning city payrolls.

The formula is grow the business district, grow the city payroll and extract wealth and quality of life from vulnerable neighborhoods to pay for it.

My idea - Keep Hermosa Hermosa!

Anthony Higgins

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Plastic haters, it's time to brace yourselves. A bunch of studies find that paper bags are actually worse for the environment. They require cutting down and processing trees, which involves lots of water, toxic chemicals, fuel and heavy machinery. While paper is biodegradable and avoids some of the problems of plastic, Taylor says, the huge increase of paper, together with the uptick in plastic trash bags, means banning plastic shopping bags increases greenhouse gas emissions. That said, these bans do reduce nonbiodegradable litter.

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Anthony Higgins almost 2 years ago

REQUIRE the APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS and POLICE to provide SUBSTANTIVE RESPONSES to serious ideas and issues even if it is a bit uncomfortable for them.

Your failure do this consistently sends a clear signal about the real utility of this page, the workings of our city bureaucracy and probably explains why the ideas page is virtually unused.

A lack of serious responses from responsible city official breeds apathy.

How about fixing that as my idea and then promoting this webpage as a place residents can go to get serious responses FROM THE RESPONSIBLE CITY OFFICIAL to anyserious ideas and concerns posted here.

The way it looks from here is the city only responds when the answer promotes some bureaucrats agenda regardless of the merits of the suggestion or concern.

Resident Interests not Special Interests