Which brings us to today's question and answer.
Question: How are our CAOs different from the universe?As alluded to in a previous post, our CAO review never had a beginning because it was never properly scoped, and we never had any public participation about the scoping. Scoping is supposed to have involved comparison of the existing CAOs to relevant plans (e.g. Land Use Element), laws, and regulations for the purpose of identifying "gaps" that need to be filled in. The "gaps" were to become the scope of the CAO update, and most importantly of all, we were supposed to have had public participation about the scope of the review. That never happened.
Answer: There is no proof that our CAOs ever had a beginning.
Instead, having come to the end of the process, the Council has had consultants and staff compare the new CAOs to the old CAOs. That's not the requirement, and that's the wrong comparison. By its nature, that is something that can only happen as a fait accompli. You can't compare new to old CAOs until you have the "new" CAOs ready to go, can you? That's too late, and it fails to address the legal requirement for scoping, and the legal requirement to involve the public in scoping.
It's another major fail of our CAO process, which will probably be litigated. Because of the innumerable errors in process, procedure, and content, it may be that James Hutton was talking, not about the earth, but about our CAOs when he said, "No vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end."