◼ Duffy appoints Mayo to planning commission
The Humboldt County Planning Commission has a new member.
Fifth District Supervisor Jill Duffy announced Tuesday that she is appointing McKinleyville Community Services District board member Dennis Mayo to fill the 5th District commission seat being vacated by Scott Kelly, who is stepping down because he's leaving the area. The move comes as a surprise to some, as Mayo and Duffy have locked horns in the past and don't see eye-to-eye on many issues....
Duffy said that general plan process was first and foremost in her mind when appointing Kelly's replacement. She said she was looking for someone with a learning capacity who could get up to speed quickly on land use and zoning issues, and who would be able to withstand public criticism.
Equally important, Duffy said, was to get someone who was aware of the issues in the debate, but who wasn't firmly entrenched on either side of the issues.
”What really did it for me is that, for the last year, Dennis has been on the McKinleyville Community Services District board, and he has really proven himself to be very thoughtful and gives tremendous consideration to the decisions that come before him,” Duffy said. “In looking at it really objectively, I just think he really deserves this opportunity to serve.”
Mayo said he's got a steep learning curve ahead of him, but added that he's been paying attention to the general plan process for the last 10 years and that he's hopeful he can bring a fresh perspective to the process.
”I really think that I've shown people that I walk my talk,” Mayo said. “I represent everyone when I'm sitting in front of things, and I look for absolutely the most reasonable way to do things.”
Mayo said he's looking forward to getting to working on the commission.
”I hope I can bring something valuable to the table,” he said. “I'm very happy and I owe Jill a great deal of respect for her being able to put some of those past disagreements aside and look at the bigger picture.”...