Forget Planning Commissioner Dirk Lorenz. Now it’s Planning Commission Vice Chairman Dirk Lorenz, and next year it’ll almost certainly be Chairman Dirk Lorenz.
But before most of his fellow commissioners voted him to the post, he addressed that email he sent out last month urging folks to attend a pro-A’s rally.
He said he did nothing wrong.
“Legally and ethically, I am entitled to an opinion on any project in abstract,” he said.
He said the commissioners work is akin to that of judges, so they shouldn’t hint at how they feel about something that could be coming before them. “The perception will always be that it was a preordained determination,” he said.
Then something strange happened.
Newly minted commissioner Lisa Quan nominated Bonaccorsi for the vice chairmanship, only to have the commission vote 5-2 for Lorenz. Based on seniority, Lorenz was in line for the post. Bonaccorsi said he was challenging him because he doesn’t agree with the seniority system, not because he doesn’t like Lorenz.
Usually politicians don’t challenge for one of those posts unless they know they have the votes to win.
Even stranger, Bonaccorsi said he “had no idea” that Quan was going to nominate him. It’s pretty much unheard of for someone to nominate a fellow board member without some consultation.
Last time I know of something like that happening was 23 years ago in Mr. Stamler’s 5th grade class. My friend Kevin nominated me for class president while I was sick with chicken pox. I returned to class to find a giant poster on the wall reading, “Matt’s got the pox and Ali’s got the hots.”
You should have seen young Alison Cohen. Truer words have never been spoken in politics, but Mr Stamler made her take it down anyway. It didn’t matter, though. I probably got the same number of votes as Bonaccorsi did.