Monday’s article about the former Gateway Pacific Terminal consultant who was hired by the county Planning Department generated quite a buzz, on and off this site. True to my inquisitive nature, I submitted a public records request asking for all emails to or from Cliff Strong that included any of the following phrases:
- “gateway pacific”
- “ssa marine”
By mid-day, I had my response from the county. With the exception of a single email mentioning the Comprehensive Plan, there were absolutely zero emails to or from Cliff Strong with any of those phrases. Here’s the email back I received as confirmation. The documents back up Planning Director Ryan’s claims that Strong is not working on anything related to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project.
Does that settle it? In terms of appearances, it can look sketchy to see the Planning Department hiring from their own customers, but as far as the law is concerned, everything seems to be above board.
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