My neighbors have suffered a $100M equity transfer from their homes to the back pocket of the Bully from Beverly Hills, and it was your capitulation that gave him exactly what he wanted all along.
I cannot for the life of me understand how you would turn around and reward Schlesinger's disgusting bullying and legal intimidation of the people who trusted you.
What has your deal gained that we didn't have before we spent thousands of volunteer hours, hundreds of thousands of homeowner donations and taxpayer dollars to properly follow the California constitutionally guaranteed citizens initiative process?
Why would you invite Olga Diaz into the negotiations when she was so obviously owned by Mr. Schlesinger? Mike Marasco doesn't live in or represent our district, so why wasn't John Masson invited to attend the negotiations? Don't bother answering that because we all know the deal was done before the meeting and you could not afford to have a council member get in the way of closing it.
Acting in the best traditions of Chicago's Mayor Daley's backroom deal making, you dismissed all of our hard won progress towards finding an equitable and forward looking solution when you took it upon yourself to hand over residential zoning that your own city attorney, as well as the uber qualified land use attorneys hired by ECCHO had all agreed was no longer applicable to the property. And for the sake of discussion, even if it was still somehow magically still zoned R1-7 (after 50 years of it being considered otherwise), it could have only happened due to your administrative malfeasance!
I don't know how a man who professes to have the interests of the citizens of Escondido can sleep at night after giving away over a hundred million dollars of our money, and flatly ignoring the voters overwhelming defeat of Proposition H.
It pains me to admit it, but your interview absolutely destroys any notion that you ever really had a grasp of the historical importance and integrity of our community, and that you are anything other than a cynical politician looking for election funding expediency.