Greetings from the Nanny Republic of Solana Beach where if you want to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, or birthday, the City Council will be happy to micromanage your party for you at the new Fletcher Cove Community Center. For example, they will require that if your guests want to drink a glass of champagne (limit two) they must do so while cooped up inside the unventilated building. They cannot venture out on to the patio or lawn on the bluff overlooking the ocean. Oh, and you must employ a trained nanny to keep count on how many glasses each guest has consumed. They will also tell you which musical instruments are allowed and they will prohibit any amplification of voice or music even if within the noise ordinance limits. And the 50 person occupancy limit includes caterers, musicians, and the nanny.
The neighbors say these and other restrictions are for their safety and quality of life. It is obvious to many of us that the real purpose of these and several more excessive restrictions recently adopted by the Council is to deter private citizens from using the Center for celebrations.
Fortunately, the local initiative process enables the vast majority of citizens to overcome the power of a few neighbors and a majority of City Council members who seem to be under their spell. The neighbors are now claiming the half-truth that the City will be forced to spend as much as $300,000 for a special election. There is no need for an election if the Council acts in the interest of the whole community and simply adopts the Initiative. Its terms are reasonable and conform to the Municipal Codes for noise, parking, alcohol, occupancy, etc., which have worked for years.