Critical thinking is so over rated. Get with the times people, it's the 2020's where critical thinking is only for a fringe minority labeled by the government and media as conspiracy theorists and grandma killing terrorists. Politicians swapped out, "critical thinking", for "critical doing", a long time ago. Nancy Pelosi first made critical doing trendy in 2010 when she famously said this about the Obama health care bill, "but we have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it". Being incapable of critical thinking or a "trans thinker", is considered a top quality for good governance.
The de facto Mono County Board of Supervisors are making sure to be equitably stupid about their short-term rental moratorium in unincorporated Mono County. Instead of using critical thinking to do a cost-benefit analysis of imposing a short-term rental moratorium they are taking the politically correct course of action. There is a workforce housing crisis after all, so they claim. There is no time for critical thinking, only critical doing. They admittedly have no idea what the impacts and consequences of the short-term rental moratorium will be. They doubled down on their critical doing by making sure they have no study or funding for a study that could determine what if any results a short-term rental moratorium would have. Act now think later. As the de facto Mono County Supervisor Rhonda Duggan and Director of Community Development Wendy Sugimura brilliantly pointed out, "22 months is not long at all".
Board member John Peters must have toned down his consumption of aspartame sweetened chewing gum and diet coke because he broke protocol and started thinking. Mr. Peters questioned the reasoning of the short-term rental moratorium in unincorporated Mono County because it conflicts with the current system they already have in place to address short-term rentals. [Video below]
In another act of shortsightedness, the de facto Mono County Board of Supervisors postponed the decision to terminate the local emergencies for the Mountain View Fire. About 19 months ago they declared a local emergency and a local health emergency for the Mountain View Fire. Signed, sealed, and undelivered. They signed off on the agenda item to terminate the local emergencies, sealed their criminal negligence, and did not deliver. After 19 months, in what were supposed to be the final moments for these two emergencies, they had an epiphany. Does terminating the local emergencies disqualify transportation and CHP escort fee waivers? What happens to the 5 properties left that have not been cleaned up? Where we gonna get more money? They need more time to think about it, cause a year and a half is not ample enough when you don't use critical thinking.
Operations Section Chief, Louis Molina recommended that the BOS terminate the local emergencies for the Mountain View Fire. Mr. Molina said, "With the remaining properties that still need some cleanup, that doesn't really justify keeping the emergencies open". The BOS disregarded direction from their own staff to terminate the local emergencies. Not because of the 5 properties remaining that have not been cleaned up or because of possible toxic soils or because of remaining emergency conditions. They continued the emergencies once again, for the sole reason that they wanted to remain eligible for funding by the state. According to the California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 101080, the law that describes what the conditions of an emergency are and when to terminate a local emergency, "remaining eligible for funding" is not a condition of emergency. There are no conditions described anywhere in the law that recognizes a lack of funding, desire for funding, or who's gonna pay for that as an emergency. HSC § 101080 makes it clear that the BOS are required, BY THEIR OWN LAW, to proclaim the termination of the local emergencies at the EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE THAT CONDITIONS WARRANT THE TERMINATION! Mr. Molina said the conditions no longer justify keeping the emergencies open but the BOS broke the law. Again. Even against the direction from their own staff.
In a followup phone call to Mr. Molina, he admitted that every other property that burned in the Mountain View Fire had been cleaned up over 6 months ago. Yet, at the June 14 BOS meeting, he claimed the 5 properties that have not been cleaned up don't really justify keeping the emergencies going. However, that has been the case for over six months now! They are all in on the fraud. There is no local emergency or local health emergency occurring due to the Mountain View Fire. Speaking of the local health emergency.. where was the health department on this? You would think that the health officer and or director would chime in on this health EMERGENCY. How about give everyone some details as to why now, a year and seven months later, the health conditions for the emergency you declared, no longer exist. [video below]
There was also no Covid-19 update at the June 14 BOS meeting. I guess the local health emergency for Covid-19 took the week off. Maybe it was just a really uneventful emergency this week. So uneventful that It almost kind of felt like there was no emergency happening due to Covid-19. It kinda, sorta felt like the conditions of emergency did not exist or something. Let's not think about that though, it hurts to much to think.