City Councilman Jack Kelly fired his Planning Commission appointee, Jean Schumacher, Tuesday after the pair collided in what Kelley called a "philosophical train wreck" concerning the city's downtown redevelopment plan.
Kelly, who appointed Schumacher 6 1/2 years ago, said the commissioner has done "one hell of a fine job." But lately Schumacher and other planning commissioners have been stalling the city's plans to redevelop the downtown area and pier, he said.
"Over the last three to five months, I have had a negative reaction to the actions of the Planning Commission as to downtown redevelopment," Kelly said. "I asked her (Schumacher) why were they acting in a fashion that appeared to slow down everything. We reached an impasse, a philosophical train wreck."
Schumacher, a Huntington Beach resident for 13 years, said she has only been doing her job. "I feel very strongly that what we do with our community has to be with the support of our community, not just according to some developer's whim," she said.