It seems especially important during a boom (and in anticipation of bust) when extraordinary pressures to expand can color the better judgment of the local business owners and policymakers.
Better Judgement, policy makers, in the same sentence and you managed that with a straight face?
As a former professional city planner and property developer, I can't help but remember my first encounter with the City staff and policy makers in MC. A friend asked if I could help him subdivide his property. I agreed.
I asked if I could buy a copy of the municipal code. A simple matter in the known world. "Why do you want to buy one? I'm not sure where it is" was the response from the City Clerk. She rummaged around and found the existing copy, dusted it off and offered to copy it for me at twenty cents per page. I set in the office and selected the pages I wanted copied, returned it and asked where the planning office was. There is no need to bore you with the rest of this story.
In the fifteen years that I was a resident of MC, I attended probably fifteen City Council meetings on behalf of friends and civic activities that I was involved with. I tried to address the council in a respectful and professional manner but found it very difficult as I watched in amazement at one member dozing off and even snoring. There was another member that voted "no" on everything, just because. All decisions were based on the majority opinion of the council, without the recommendations from professional staff and with total disregard for the law. The law being, their own, outdated, unrevised and unapproved Municipal code. No wonder they had to look around to find the one copy in existence.
Joe, you offer good information. You always have. Even when I didn't agree with you, it was impressive to hear you defended your decisions with eloquence and intelligence.
I must ask, are you closing the gate after the horse is out? Have things changed radically? What makes you believe these pearls cast into the trough will not be ignored?