When we spoke recently, I believed you too had learned from experience. That you had seen through the phony charm and misleading claims of the new ECC property owner. I felt assured that your outrage at his incivility would translate into a serious effort to defend the principled position that the zoning of the area was not open for debate, compromise or purchase. That you would defend the case that our 'leaders knew what they were doing' in 1963 and later in 1999 when they restricted the property from future residential development; that what the citizens initiative did, was serious voter activism.
I mistakenly believed you were committed to defending my neighbors from a Bully who had no other motivation but to steal the equity of our homes!!
Shame on me!
Last week, when I addressed the Council and pleaded with you to focus on Recovery, not Redevelopment, you looked me in the eye. Now I know that was a hollow gesture because it is clear you had already made a deal that totally abandoned any semblance of 'protecting us.'
I know, you will say it was in the best interests of all of Escondido; that it saved the City lots of money, and that in the end, the City will still have lots to say about the development. That convoluted sentiment comes directly out of the SITR playbook! Your negotiated settlement gave up everything and got nothing in return.
The Escondido General Plan law is either serious, or it is up for sale. The open space zoning, right or wrong, was the law. How it got forsaken is arguable, but the intent, and the citizens support as expressed by an overwhelming vote against "The Lakes" plan to amend the General Plan, is a matter of record. Defending that position is a matter of principle.
Unfortunately, many of us mistakenly believed you were a man of principle...
Rest assured we will not just 'get over it.' As time passes, the Abed term will go down in history as one replete with misdirection, confused priorities and high octane political aspirations that crowded out compassionate leadership and principled dedication to stopping the hijacking of one of the City's most identifiable and attractive assets.