I watched the Oct. 9 Solana Beach City Council meeting online. Our council members were very outspoken and exposed the group pushing the party policy initiative, as well as the very individuals that forced the special election. The council’s comments were timely and necessary! The public is now aware that the party policy group is using deceitful tactics to confuse voters and force the City Council to adopt the initiative’s “my way or the highway” policy for the Fletcher Cove Community Center.
In good faith, the City Council approved a compromise policy in the summer that allows private parties at the community center. The policy is reasonable and it is amendable. It takes into consideration the impacts on the surrounding neighborhood, safety of park and beach goers, and it ensures access for visitors and residents to the Fletcher Cove area.
But the initiative sponsors have decided that they can run the city better than our elected officials. To that end, they are now using their ample financial resources — courtesy of an undisclosed private donor — to mount a public campaign to pressure the City Council to adopt their “my way or the highway” party policy. Our City Council unanimously agrees that the initiative’s party policy is too extreme and that they and future councils must have the ability to modify city laws. Adopting this policy sets a terrible precedent.
Let’s not give a small group of well-funded individuals the power to take control of city governance. Imagine what this type of vigilante politics will have on Solana Beach in the future. The initiative group forced the special election. Let them have their election. Please study the issue and know all the facts before you vote.
James D. Burnett, Solana Beach