I find it very concerning that residents of Solana Beach received a brochure in the mail asking them to urge City Council not to hold a special election which would cost the City of Solana Beach $200,000. The brochure claims that the Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center are opposed to the election. The problem is this: Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center is the group that circulated petitions and forced the special election to take place. They need the special election in order to pass a law which would allow nearly unlimited use of Fletcher Cove Community Center for private parties, including alcohol use (the only exception to a city-wide mandate against alcohol use on city property), amplified music, all with no concern for the residents of Solana Beach with regards to beach access, parking, and the close proximity of a children’s playground.
The City of Solana Beach already has a use policy in place for the community center. The current use policy can be changed if needed. Not so with the use policy that the Friends of Fletcher Cove is trying to push through with a special election. Theirs is a policy that can be changed
through another costly special election.
In summary, Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center doesn’t like the use policy currently in place. They petitioned for a special election in order to get their policy on the ballot for residents of Solana Beach to vote on. The City Council can either adopt their ill thought policy outright, or hold the election that the group vigorously petitioned for. Of course Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center doesn’t want the election, they would rather their policy be adopted without question! If this goes to an election please, understand the facts before blindly voting in a policy that cannot be changed.