Let the mayor do her job
Appointment to the Planning Board is a complex decision and I don’t claim to know whether our mayor did it right or wrong. I don’t do as much homework as she does. But it’s depressing to see a political outcry over the process she used.
The people elect the mayor, and the mayor calibrates the Planning Board at regular intervals. It’s not an accident, right? It’s intended to make the board indirectly accountable to all the Alamedans they serve.
The board isn’t supposed to "act independently." They’re smart people who are supposed to take action and craft policy according to the desires of the community. It’s just been so many years since they were held to that, perhaps some people have forgotten how it’s supposed to work.