- Unwilling to admit it's own malfeasance or
- Willing to sacrifice its own integrity for mere expediency
- Or both
He owes it to the rule of law.
At the upcoming City sponsored Town Hall Meeting (Wednesday May 13, 4:30PM City Hall) regarding the Country Club situation, I suggest all of us demand an explanation. Our City government needs to answer these simple questions:
- Was the Special Use Permit granted by the City of Escondido and recorded by the golf course developer in 1963 that memorialized the covenant that specific lots occupied by the golf course were to remain 'Open Space/Park/Golf Course' for all future owners, revoked or not? Those covenants as described in 'Declaration of Restrictions Resolution 389' were recorded as 'mutual, beneficial restrictions under a general plan or scheme of improvements of all of the lands in the tract and the future owners of those lands.'
- And if it was revoked, was it done with the full knowledge, counsel and consent of the surrounding community members, as required by law?
- Can you explain the details of that questionable change in planning and entitlement and who was responsible for it and precisely when did it occur?
- Why is there so much confusion and misinformation about that important zoning change and will the City take any additional action to correct that (possibly illegal) decision irrespective of an appeal of Judge Maas' decision vacating the citizens hard fought initiative?
What Schlesinger frames as a property rights fight is in reality a fight (or indictment) over the competence of the City of Escondido Planning Department process and procedures and the durability of local government decisions regarding land use within its area of influence.
Thanks to Judge Maas, the people no longer have any legal standing in this case, so we must implore Mayor Abed to defend the integrity of the City of Escondido! It is simply a matter of justice and equal application of the law, and the right thing to do.