Letters: June 4, 2010

Encinitans deserve higher standards
Wehtahnah Tucker’s story, Sheila Cameron’s opinion column, and Diane Bond’s letter, together bring a breath of fresh air to toxic Encinitas city politics, giving a voice to community concerns.
— Why couldn’t Councilwoman Barth’s allegations be resolved by the city attorney? Instead of simply telling Barth that elected officials could not sue through the city, attorney Sabine chose to hire expensive legal counsel. So, who is charged with spelling out the law?
— Why is there no internal mechanism to address councilpersons’ misbehavior? It is curious that two councilmen named in such allegations nixed the agenda item proposed by Deputy Mayor Houlihan to address these matters.
— “Bullying” is a pervasive problem, now illegal in many states. That councilmen should not take it seriously is unacceptable.
— Why isn’t the council more attentive to the Brown Act? The mayoral selection deliberately disregarded the council’s own tradition of rotation, with the flimsiest manufactured justification, and conveyed a strong impression of collusion between the three councilmen. Even the appearance of flagrant violations of the Brown Act casts a long shadow on the way our councilmen run city affairs.
This is at the heart of the corrosive atmosphere in the Encinitas City Council. Encinitans deserve and expect the highest standards of ethics from elected officials.

Bernard and CJ Minster

What’s to follow smoking ban?
In his column of May 28, Bill Arballo wrote: “Solana Beach is looking at prohibiting smoking in common areas of apartment buildings. Folks are askin’ “How much more intrusion into personal pleasures before enuff is enuff?”
As a lone voice in the wilderness of our fast-eroding liberties, I wrote numerous letters to the Del Mar City Council, all published in the Del Mar Times, protesting the council’s determination to ban smoking on the public sidewalks and other gathering places on public property in the Village. As one who has been walking the beach and sidewalks since the 1950s, I know that these were nonproblems when the majority of the public smoked, and now that about 10 percent do (my within-Del Mar estimate). The rush to such wide-sweeping prohibition was and is literally ludicrous.
I also pointed out the little-known fact that the first nation to ban smoking was Nazi Germany in 1941, by edict of Adolph Hitler.
So how will the new law be enforced, by a Del Mar version of the Gestapo? I wonder how the visitors from all over the world that the city is dependent upon will view Del Mar when they are ticketed for using a legal product on a public sidewalk.
I emphasized that this is not a matter of whether you smoke or not (I am a not) or whether you approve or not. It is a matter of protecting the liberties of the minority as much as those of the majority and of precedent, meaning “what will be next?” The common areas of apartment buildings? And guess what then?
The sound of heavy boots is getting closer and closer, and as history bears out, will continue to until everybody but the police state is shuddering.
Jim Donovan
Del Mar

Prop. K doesn’t represent O’side residents
Oceanside voters don’t be deceived. Prop. K was crafted by out-of-town developers who want to take control of our city. The last time developers had control of our city, we had to fight to save our parks and beaches. These are the same cronies that wanted to pave our beach at the Harbor for an aquarium and bulldoze our community center and amphitheater for their private use.
These are the same cronies who wanted to put a toll road through a state park to build more houses. Prop. K was crafted behind closed doors without any input from the public. The voters of Oceanside have denied a charter on many other occasions. Don’t let the big glossy mailers paid for by out-of-town developers trick you. Prop. K is bad for Oceanside. Oceanside deserves to have leadership that will represent the residents not developers. Prop. K will give the developers a signed blank check to control Oceanside. On June 8 I will be voting for Chuck Lowery for council and no on Prop. K. Lowery will represent the residents of Oceanside, not out-of-town developers.
Carolyn Krammer
Citizens for the Preservation of Parks & Beaches


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