Vote down initiative
The big question Solana Beach voters must ask themselves is whether they want another costly election every time a change needs to be made to the Fletcher Cove Community Center party policy. If the answer is, “NO,” then residents of Solana Beach need to vote down the Party Policy Initiative, now known as Prop B, in the Feb. 11 Special Election.
Despite the Initiative sponsors’ claims, the City Council cannot make changes to Prop B if it is approved in the Special Election. California Elections Code Section 9217 is very clear, “No ordinance that is either proposed by initiative petition and adopted by the vote of the legislative body… or adopted by the voters, shall be repealed or amended except by a vote of the people, unless provision is otherwise made in the original ordinance.”
This means that even if there are parking or safety problems (which may happen since Prop B allows parties of 100 guests, two days every weekend with no designated parking and alcohol), the City Council will be unable to make changes to the policy on its own. State law requires another citywide election to amend the policy.
The City Council already allows private parties at the Community Center, and the policy can be modified depending on whether there are problems or not. On the flip side, Prop B becomes the law of the land, set in stone, requiring a vote every time a change is needed. Vote no on Prop B.
No on Prop. B
With the upcoming City Council rotation it’s a good time to express thanks and gratitude to our Solana Beach City Council for a job well done.
Our Council has given us a beautifully redesigned Highway 101 corridor that is walkable/bikable. Highway 101 is now a beautiful destination that will be an asset to our city for years to come. The gardens are gorgeous, public art very appealing, walkways accessible and safe, and traffic calming effective.
I look forward to the new Train Station Redevelopment project knowing our council will work closely and fairly with the North County Transit District and future developer for the good of our entire city.
And thank you to our city council for your amazing attention to our neighborhoods. Our present mayor, Mike Nichols, and council have worked together to make sound decisions, sometimes unpopular, to ensure that the Fletcher Cove neighborhood is not overburdened by non-stop weekend events and that all visitors to the area will have a place to park on weekends.
It has been difficult finding the balance to allow this particular neighborhood the same safety, peace and quiet that other Solana Beach neighborhoods enjoy while affording all Solana Beach residents opportunities to use the Fletcher Cove Community Center.
The council worked together to craft a reasonable and flexible use policy that can be adjusted. Our council has an excellent track record of working to mitigate negative impacts no matter the project or the area.
For example, they worked to protect neighborhoods that would have been negatively impacted by the Train Station project, Interstate 5 freeway widening and the Vons expansion, just to name a few.
The Fletcher Cove Community Center is no different. It has no parking lot and the parking lot that existed in the 1990s is now Fletcher Cove Park. Thus the number of guests and frequency of parties at FCCC had to be considered when developing the city’s policy.
The council’s rental policy for FCCC was designed to ensure that enough public parking would be available on weekends for beach and park goers. In this case the council worked to protect the interests of the entire community, not just one neighborhood.
It is unfortunate that the council had to choose between accepting an alternative Initiative proposed by only 15 percent of the population or call for a city-wide vote on the FCCC usage when their own reasonable and amendable policy was already in place.
The council did the right thing by standing their ground and giving the Initiative signers what they requested: a special election on this issue. I hope my fellow citizens will join me in voting “No” on Prop B.