Mayor’s presentation at One Paseo meeting out of line

I was in attendance at the Jan. 24 Carmel Valley Planning Meeting and was appalled at the presentation made by our newly elected Mayor, Bob Filner. The purpose of this meeting was to have the applicant of One Paseo present the project to the residents of Carmel Valley and the local Community Planning Board, and for those attending to voice their positive or negative comments to this project. The applicant presented an extensive video depicting the proposed project. When this presentation was

almost complete

, in walked Mayor Filner who was the first to speak after this presentation.

In the forum of this neighborhood community meeting Mayor Filner was

totally out of line

in presenting his strong opposition to this project. He had


seen most of the presentation nor had he stayed to listen to any of the comments from the community. The purpose of these meetings are for the community to discuss the pros and cons of these projects. A mayor, such as Bob Filner, who speaks as if he is representing the entire community, whether for or against a project, is unduly influencing the purpose of these meetings. Naturally the opponents of this project cheered him on.

The large number in attendance supporting the project could only sit in shock that Mayor Filner would take a strong position without hearing or seeing all the details and public comments presented. This, in my opinion, underminded the procedures set forth to hear concrete comments from the community residents. I hope Mayor Filner doesn’t show up at any future meetings for Carmel Valley or other communities with similar formats.

Linda Katzman

Carmel Valley Resident for over 15 years