Thursday, April 20, 2006
Grouches, Codes, Lawsuits and the Big Creep
Read plucky North County Times reporter Adam Kaye's story click me.
Why does Michael D. Pattinson, president of Barratt American and occasional NCT columnist, hate grading permits so much?
Pattinson once wrote that a man who hopped on a tractor and graded his property without a grading permit was a comparable hero to civil right defender Rosa Parks. click
Pattinson also writes that any citizen who opposes any developers grandiose plans is merely a grouch. See Michael D. Pattinson Hates You & NCT link
Never mind that these big multi-million dollar corporate developers are dramatically changing the face of your sleepy neighborhood, you should lump it and like. Afterall, this is the new America where resistance and ethics and morals are frowned upon.
Barratt American is a huge development company that reported record profits in 2005. Pattinson gets a lot of press talking about how his childhood experiences influenced his goals of bringing affordable housing to the people. Unfortunately he doesn't apply this thinking to California. Most of Barratt's homes sell in the million dollar range. Pattinson is quick to blame fees and opposition lawsuits (Pattinson/Barratt has sued the city of Encinitas in the past but I guess those lawsuits are okay).
It's always great when I get to use this Nantucket lobster man artwork.
There are lots of ins and outs to this story. The North County Times publishes a column twice a month written by Pattinson that are really propaganda pieces for the building industry (and often unintentionally hilarious. I recommend reading them. They are a laugh riot much like that train wreck Bill O'Reilly is fun to watch on teevee because he is such a tool).
Encinitas councilman Jerome Stocks got busted awhile back for taking illegal campaign contributions from Barratt. Pattinson was a big backer of Prop A the Ecke rezone which was crushed at the polls. The fill dirt for the Nantucket project came from that strange piece of land off La Costa Ave (it has the chain link fence around it) that was traded by the city to a guy named Robert Barrelmann for some land off Leucadia Blvd. that he then attempted to have it rezoned for a commercial building.
It just goes on and on man.