Scratch below the Prop B surface

The little blue house perched on a Solana Beach bluff top awaits its February fate via a vote of its people. Its glass doors stretch open to the roar of the ocean waves crashing below, welcoming sea mist floating on air. But, despite proponents’ proclamation to “protect your right to use and enjoy your community center,” Prop B isn’t about our town’s little blue house on the hill, at least not anymore.

Like a quarter’s edge flaking away a waxy film atop a secret code, scratch below the lustrous Prop B surface. It will reveal that the sole contributor to Prop B, who moved to town about seven years ago, has fueled the initiative with more than $55,000 dollars to undermine our City Council in an effort to secure his uncompromising and inflexible version of a party policy.

Our current City Council is the first in more than 15 years to reinstate private parties at the community center. They established an amendable compromise party policy, balancing the needs of the entire community. But the proponents of Prop B refused to allow the city to launch the compromise policy before moving forward with the Prop B initiative. Big- time campaign strategists, lawyers and paid signature gatherers descended upon our town this past summer. Many who signed the petition didn’t know a compromise policy had just been established or that proponents of Prop B would submit their signatures weeks early, deliberately triggering a special election at a cost of $200,000. To say that the Prop B strategy lurked beneath a layer of duplicity is an understatement.

I have lived in Solana Beach for almost 11 years and always believed the community center’s doors should stretch open to welcome partygoers’ festivities by-the-sea. But, I will not vote for Prop B as a means to that end; its underhanded and politically nuanced tactics have been a turn-off. Its devil in the detail shackles us with a policy unchangeable except through another costly vote. Proponents say Prop B is about “putting the community back in the community center,” but I can think of myriad other ways to use $255,000 to positively impact our community. Yes, I’ve scratched below the surface, and now I know “B” stands for “bad.” Prop B is bad for our community and therefore I’m voting “No” on Prop B.

Jill Martin