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This conversation happened pre-covid and was part of our Under The Persimmon Tree series. Martha and I speak about her background and a bit about her time with the merchant marine. Mostly we talk about the challenges associated with being a planning commissioner and having Big Sur in her district. NB: Martha is still at work as a commissioner!
Frances Hoeffel, Marcus Foster, Clarissa Chappellet and Barbara Woyt all join in the Q&A.
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Timeline/Chapters (hopefully you can access these in your player)
00.04.10 How did you get to be a Planning Commissioner?
00.08.10 My Dad was a Navy Pilot
00.08.40 First memory of Big Sur / Fishing and Eating!
00.10.20 Why planner?
00.12.24 How can we be ‘fair?’
00.13.26 Example of unfair treatment…
00.14.58 Financial incentives and how it works…
00.19.54 County is not staffed enough?!! Yes? No?
00.22.09 If you had a magic wand…what would you do?>
00.24.00 How does the County Planning Commission Work?
00.26.53 Do you ‘Lobby’ the other planners when you feel passionate about something_
00.29.40 Does your personal opinion decide what to do as a planner?
00.32.08 How do you keep up with what is going on?
00.34.10 Where you successful changing the way the Planning Commission works?
00.36.20 Masters Program in Public Policy w/ Leon Panetta
00.40.48 Graduating from US Merchant Marine Academy
00.42.40 Going to sea on Merchant Ships.
00.45.50 She’s waving a large hand gun!
00.48.00 Panama Canal
00.49.43 Out in the middle of the ocean is the one place where there’s enough room.
00.51.00 How does Big Sur fit in as your ‘district,’ what is special about it?
00.52.30 Big Sur as a tourist destination! Unlimited demand.
00.54.00 If you make space for more then more will come!
00.56.20 We’re not going to build our way out of our congestion. Ideas on how to solve the traffic…
01.02.10 A Balloon Arch at Malpaso Creek Bridge!
01.02.50 Q&A Marcus Foster: How the Big Sur LUP is not being followed…
01.06.50 Multi Agency Council - how does it work?
01.08.55 The ‘larger knowledge.’
01.13.14 I keep waiting for the Movie!
01.13.58 Big Sur Destination Management Plan?
01.22.40 Q&A: Carissa Chappelle
01.23.44 Frances Hoeffel: Can we use the sea?
01.25.12 Lee shore a swell from Japan and Lime stone thrown at you!
01.27.40 Barbara Woyt, Coast Watch
01.34.28 Running for Supervisor?
01.35.50 The future for an ex. Public servant?
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