|Conflict complaint filed against Lisa Moore
Politics tend to get personal in Cotati, and you need to look no further than a complaint filed to the California Fair Political Practices Commission against planning commissioner Lisa Moore for proof.
The complaint stems from a Feb. 19 Cotati Planning Commission meeting and accuses Moore of conflict of interest regarding the city’s limits on formula-based businesses, including fast-food restaurants. Moore is an employee of Tubby’s Restaurant in Cotati. The City of Cotati has a cap of eight formula businesses and only three more formula businesses, all along Highway 116, are permitted. There is also a 60-foot buffer zone between formula businesses and a provision where no formula business can open more than one location in Cotati.
Moore is a waitress at Tubby’s and also is a former councilwoman and mayor. She voiced her opinion to keep all the provisions of the limits of formula businesses in place, which those who filed the complaint see as the conflict of interest.
This is where the supposed conflict of interest comes into play, as those who filed the complaint with the FPPC believe she should have recused herself from the deliberations. The commissioners voiced their opinions but opted not to vote on the proposal to loosen these provisions and instead requested city staff, which originated the proposal, for more studies and details. A yes vote by the planning commission would have sent the matter to the city council for final approval.
Moore’s husband, John, recently was appointed to the Cotati City Council to fill Pat Gilardi’s seat. Former councilman George Barich filed the complaint.
It should be noted that Barich, who also applied to fill Gilardi’s seat, is a longtime political and personal foe of John Moore. At one council meeting after John Moore’s appointment, Barich took to the podium and hurled a slew of insults at Moore, the most stinging of which called him the town drunk.
It also should be noted Moore filed a complaint with the FPPC against Barich in October of 2012 before the November elections, where Barich was running against John Dell’Osso, Susan Harvey and newcomer Wendy Skillman.
Skillman won a seat on the council, while Dell’Osso and Harvey maintained their seats. Barich was cleared of any wrongdoing last month by the FPPC.
Lisa Moore declined to comment on this complaint.