RCPC Celebrates Stuart Flashman
Plaque and public recognition for retiring long-time chair The plaque honoring now-retired RCPC board chair Stuart Flashman and presented to him at the November RCPC Town Hall meeting could hardly do full justice to his seven years of service with RCPC.
Flashman did not come to the RCPC board as a novice in public service. He had been a planning commissioner and city councilmember in Emeryville; an East Bay MUD director and, later, president; and he founded the Emeryville Shoreline Committee and served as its co-chair for five years.
Flashman slowed down a bit after moving to Rockridge in 1992, only to get involved again when he accepted an appointment to a vacant seat on the RCPC board of directors in 2007. After being elected to the board in 2008, he was chosen to serve as chair for the next four years. He continued to serve on the board through the end of his third term last April, and while no longer on the board, he continues to serve as co-chair of the Land Use Committee with current board member Greg Pasquali.
Flashman has said he feels most proud of progress made during his tenure in raising RCPC's visibility in Rockridge and with the city. We are indebted to him for his work representing the interests of the community on a variety of local land use, planning and transit issues, including the two Safeway projects, the city's rezoning process (with Glen Jarvis), and generally strengthening the technical expertise of the land use committee and its commitment to maintaining the character and vitality of Rockridge.