Solana Beach special election: Don’t be fooled
There is only one reason why Solana Beach is facing a special election to decide on which private party policy will be put in place for the Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC). The group favoring the most intensive use of the FCCC was not happy with the City’s original compromise policy so they gathered the required signatures needed to put their Private Party Initiative on the ballot in a special election.
The Initiative group had the option of waiting until November to turn in their petition signatures which would have allowed the City to consolidate this vote with the June primary, thus saving the City from holding a special election which will cost the City upwards of $250,000. But Mary Jane Boyd and Tom Golich chose instead to submit their signatures before November, knowing full well this move would force a costly special election.
Perhaps sensing that this expensive election doesn’t make their rush to force the election so palatable to the general public we are now seeing editorials from the Initiative group (such as Jim Nelson and Dick Freeland’s recent letters) asking the Council not to hold this election and to instead adopt their Private Party Initiative rather than the compromise policy adopted by the City. These recent editorials from the group favoring the most intensive use of the FCCC fail to mention that their Policy overrides two City laws (regarding parking requirements and the serving of alcohol at City parks), as well as the fact that it cannot be modified without going to another public vote. I urge the community to support the fair and reasonable policy that the Council has adopted and which, most importantly, can be modified over the years without requiring an election. Don’t be fooled. The sponsors of the Private Party Initiative are the only ones responsible for the cost to taxpayers for this upcoming special election.
- Solana Beach does not need a costly election to establish a private party policy for FCCC
- Give the City’s Fletcher Cove Community Center policy a chance
- Solana Beach Council’s compromise addresses problems related to parking, access and safety
- No longer a need for SB Voter Initiative
- Citizen Group forms in response to Initiative that threatens public access at Fletcher Cov
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