Interesting comment by Mark Stone in Sunday's Sentinel feature story about the future of the La Bahia Hotel: "I don't make decisions based on politics. My job is to make decisions based on the Coastal Act."
When politicians make statements like that, what they're really trying to say is "I don't make decisions based on PETTY politics. Let's face it -- this decision is political. It's naive to say otherwise.
Stone, a county supervisor, is also one of 10 members of the Coastal Commission. That's the statewide body that's going to decide the future of the proposed La Bahia project.
Stone is smart. He knows that this vote will resonate -- good and bad -- with the voters in future elections.. He's long been spoken of as a future state Assemblyman, and this Coastal Commission vote will be a most visible part of his record. Remember, Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty -- another possible Assembly candidate someday -- is strongly in favor of the La Bahia project.
Sentinel reporter J.M. Brown reported on the delay of the La Bahia vote in Sunday's edition.