Process designed for major issues, not ‘political football’
After reading some of the editorials regarding the [Fletcher Cove Community Center], I felt compelled to respond.
If someone asked you what are the top 10 or top 100 issues facing Solana Beach, where would have this issue fallen? Without prompting, it would not make my top 100 issues.
This is a “nice to have,” not a “need to have.” Definitely not one worthy of a $250,000 special election!
Then why all the angst? There must be more behind this issue than the issue itself. It seems like this group has an ax to grind with the City Council. Are there any losers from the last Council election in this group? I have no affiliation with the Council so I am a neutral observer.
They knew exactly what they were doing when they started the petition process. They had more flexible options that they could have pursued, but they chose the one that would force the special election if the Council did not adopt their policy.
They had a choice on their strategy, weapons or negotiation. They chose weapons!
I was asked to sign the petition and naively signed it not knowing about the “take it or leave” strategy of the petition process. It definitely was not disclosed on the pamphlet that “explained” the issue. The donated money was prominently displayed, which highlighted that this was a waste of money since it was not being used more which I agreed with, but nowhere was the fact this could result in a $250,000 special election. Intentional non-disclosure of a material fact is deceitful. If it was in the small print, then I did not notice it plus it should be disclosed as prominently as the other “facts.”
This is an example of citizens abusing a process that was designed for major issues, not political football. It reminds me of the nonsense that is going on in Congress right now where they are willing to shut down the government for ideological purposes. “Let’s destroy the government and the economy if they don’t do what we want.”