We would like to encourage the citizens of Solana Beach to vote “no” on Proposition B. If passed, Proposition B will change the City’s existing rental policy for private parties at the Fletcher Cove Community Center without taking into consideration any problems that may arise.
The elected members of our City Council established guidelines for the use of the Community Center. Those community members who would like the restrictions on the use of the Community Center to be more lenient have circulated a petition to rewrite the rules for the use of the Community Center. Their timing on turning in the petitions has triggered this special election at a cost of $200,000 to the residents of Solana Beach. This was entirely avoidable. The existing policy was developed by the City Council to balance the concerns of those who want to rent the Community Center, the people who use the beach and the parks, shoppers and diners and the nearby residents. The council can change this existing policy at anytime. This is what is important!
If this proposition is passed, no future changes can be made to the rules of the use without another expensive election.
It is the job of the City Council to make rules and regulations for the City of Solana Beach that fairly take into consideration all of the members of the community and their safety and quality of life. That is a difficult task, but it is what has been done with the establishing of the current rules for the use of the Community Center. We cannot always get what we want. In order to meet the needs of everyone in the community, some compromises need to be made. We believe, that in their consideration of rules for the use of the Community Center, that is what the City Council has done to the best of its ability.
A “no “ vote on this proposition will retain a flexible and amendable City policy, stop the need for special elections, ensure that public parking will be available on weekends for beach, park, and business use, and will reduce the chance of the City getting sued and having to use taxpayer money to defend an inflexible, poorly written policy. If the policy in place does not meet the needs of the community, the Council can change the rules as needed!
Gary and Pat Coad