Solana Beach City Council adopts official election results

By Kristina Houck

A month after voters passed Proposition B, the Solana Beach City Council on March 12 adopted the official results of the special election.

Proposition B was adopted by almost 51 percent of voters Feb. 11, according to official election results from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The measure received 1,947 “Yes” votes and 1,875 “No” votes, easing restrictions on private parties at Fletcher Cove Community Center, which overlooks the ocean at 133 Pacific Ave. The council on Nov. 6 unanimously voted to call a roughly $200,000 special election instead of adopting the use policy.

Originally slated for the consent calendar, comments from two members of the public pulled the item during the council meeting.

“I just wanted to please ask the council to implement Prop B in an expeditious and fair way,” said resident Dan Chambers. “We look forward to being able to use the community center.”

Solana Beach resident Mary Jane Boyd — who helped put the initiative on the ballot along with former Solana Beach Mayor Thomas Golich and resident James Nelson — noted that almost 50 percent of voters headed to the polls or casted mail-in ballots, which she called a “high voter turnout.”

“Proposition B was written so that the city could indeed test its provisions for several months and then, if necessary, use the June or November election to ask the voters to make adjustments,” Boyd said. “However, that choice has been removed.

“Now that the election is over, we ask that you, as our City Council, provide the leadership to bring the community back together and move us forward in a spirit of reconciliation.”

Councilman David Zito disagreed that almost 50 percent is a high turnout, especially when compared to the city’s turnout in the November 2012 election.

According to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 43.59 percent of Solana Beach voters casted a ballot in the special election, compared to 84.81 percent in the November 2012 election.

“Having the election as opposed to a council adoption was incredibly appropriate given the closeness of the election,” said Councilman David Zito, who was the only council member who commented on the item.

However, Zito added that more voters would have likely participated if the issue had been added to the ballot in June or November.

“It would have not only saved money if we hadn’t been forced to call a special election, we would have had a much better representation across the entire city of what the actual opinion is of this particular issue.”