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Harvey Rarback, Candidate for Half Moon Bay City Council

2012 will be Harvey Rarback's first run for public office.

General Information

Name : Harvey Rarback
Age : 66
Place of residence : Half Moon Bay, CA

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : Haverford College
Degree : B.A.
Year of graduation : 1967

Grad school

University : Stony Brook University
Degree : M.S. in Physics
Year of graduation : 1969

Ph D.

University : Stony Brook University
Area of research : X ray optics
Year of graduation : 1983

Employment Information

Job titles held : Beamline Scientist
Employers : Brookhaven National Lab, SLAC National Accelerator Lab

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: City Council
Chamber/district: Half Moon Bay
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : None
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None

Campaign Manager

Name : Harvey Rarback

URLs

Website : www.smarterchoicesforhmb.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harvey-Rarback-for-HMB-City-Council-2012/220832724710568

Other facts

I'm a retired scientist. My wife and I have lived in Half Moon Bay for 14 years. I am appalled at the way the current Council has conducted itself by ignoring inconvenient laws and regulations that affect our environment, engaging in back room deals, spending unnecessarily and focusing only on short-term fixes. I'll work to keep our coastal assets from illegal development and also give developers a clear sense of constraints so they can plan for intelligent development. I'll restore the city's reputation by dealing honestly and cooperatively with others and honor the Coastal Act. I love Half Moon Bay and want it restored and preserved as a beautiful city and a great place to live.

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Brian Ginna September 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Mr. Rarback has no practical experience with either development or coastal regulations. Knowing what the Coastal Act says means very little and, in fact, there is so little actual development in the City that his singular focus here is both short-sighted and completely misplaced. True, the Kehoe Ditch matter (an affair that one of his pals, Jimmy Benjamin, was completely responsible for) was caused by the City. But not by the City Council. He has no plan for encouraging economic development, rationalizing the size of City government or for how to move forward save for some grasping at straws and "don't pave the Coast" rhetoric. Note to Patch - party affiliation has nothing to do with the City Council race. It is non-partisan. No Democratic groups are supposed to be involved.
Christa Bigue September 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
City Council race is non-partisan. Thanks for catching that Brian.
George Muteff September 03, 2012 at 05:42 PM
If I may: First, I remember Harvey attending some of the 2005 LCP Update meetings and from disagreements he had with Bob Wiliamson (developer off Jenna Lane). Next, although local CA elections are Suppose to be non-partisan, that has not stopped the local democrats from endorsing and supporting candidates in past elections (even though it violates the CA Constitution). Eshoo and others have lent their names. And finally to one of Brian's points - "True, the Kehoe Ditch matter (an affair that one of his pals, Jimmy Benjamin, was completely responsible for) was caused by the City. But not by the City Council." I would respectfully disagree. Dolder made the call to go forward without a CDP. That decision rests squarely in the laps of the 2009 Council. The buck stops with the Council. They hired Dolder and he answered only to the Council: and they were well aware of the matter at the time. The City Council head-in-the-sand approach to Dolder's actions was the cause of the Kehoe matter. Benjamin was nothing more than a tattletale who ended up getting $300K (for attorney fees) because of another bad decision. Both Muller, a decades long friend of Dolder, and Fraser supported him on this Kehoe Ditch matter.
Cid September 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
George always knows what's what. He has a mind for HMB City Council facts like no other I can think of. If Brian thinks he is so superior, why didn't he run ?
Brian Ginna September 03, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Cid - because I believe Muller and Fraser are the right people for the job. Ullom and Rarback have no chance, so the election is a relative waste of funds. I firmly believe in the democratic process, so it is their right to run. Ullom is doing it to be argumentative, Rarback is running because Ruddock could never win again. They have no one else. Cid Young should stick to Moss Beach matters like fighting a home for disabled adults.

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