Diary of a Mad County

Aug. 2 - Aug. 8

Sunday, Aug. 6
No, sir, I don't like it.

Monday, Aug. 7
We get news today that Huntington Beach planning director Howard Zelefsky has submitted his resignation. Zelefsky's resignation comes after planning commissioner Devin Dwyer complained in a public meeting about the poor communication and lack of support between the planning department and the city administrator's office. What's more, a city employee charges that Zelefsky made anti-Semitic comments. Regarding their beleaguered planning direction, beleaguered H.B. citizens wonder aloud: "We have a planning director? We have a planning commission? There's a plan?" Any look at the stone soup that is Huntington Beach's architecture and urban layout seems to argue the point. And of course, there's the near-constant scandals, resignations and infighting—Zelefsky was placed on a 30-day administrative leave last year while his contract was brought up for termination with the City Council. Plan? Mogadishu has more of a plan.

Tuesday, Aug. 8
That went about as well as could be expected.

slowery@ocweekly.com

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