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What are your thoughts on the Coastal Commission’s decision to shoot down the La Bahia hotel project?

lt_robinIt's too bad. I know that La Bahia has been trying to improve that building and that area for years. Maybe someone could pull some strings and get the Coastal Commision’s head out of the sand.
Robin G
Santa Cruz | Retired

It would be nice to see a new vibrant hotel echoing the reflections of yesteryear in revitalizing the historic nature of the hotel. My big question is why they couldn't bring the project down 14 feet and fit it under existing coastal standards.
Aaron K
Santa Cruz | Sales

lt_chrisI think it's important that the Coastal Comm-ission takes the side of the community in guarding against commercial interests having a bigger influence on community decisions than the community members do. The quality of the waterfront is the biggest resource that we have here and we need to make sure we don’t sell it to the highest bidder.
Chris Rhodes
Santa Cruz | Teacher

I think the Coastal Commission probably has the environment in mind as a priority over revenue from the hotel, so from an environmental perspective it's good. I think renovating would be less environmentally damaging than tearing it down and creating a new one.
Elizabeth Borelli
Santa Cruz | Blogger
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written by Mr. Potatohead, August 30, 2011
Fred Keeley and all the Ryan Coonerty sychophants got what they deserved! After supporting a losing proposition that had more variances than any proposal before the Commission in recent times, they should be ashamed of themselves. The City and BSB presented an incredibly lame case before the Commission--all they could do was fall back on their usual schmooze tactics by bringing in busloads of self-serving supporters who whined and cried before the Commissioners. It was pathetic. They don't have the slightest understanding of what the Coastal Act is all about. Fred, in particular, presented one of the weakest pieces of testimony, practically pleading with Mary Schallenberger, Chair to approval the project because they worked together in the California Legislature. Who you know doesn't matter; what you know does!. LOSERS! This project would have been a greater disservice to the community by allowing an out-of-scale behemoth to dominate the landscape. Go back to that lay-about Canfield and make him fix-up La Bahia--he's the one who should be excoriated for his lack of regard for the community for he, and he alone is responsible for its deterioration--no one else. Shame on you!
written by franks, August 25, 2011
I love the professions the people have in these columns, "poet, blogger, environmentalist" what the hell?
written by Me, August 23, 2011
Coastal Commission Sucks!!!

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