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Mailbag: Council critics aren't majority

August 18, 2010

With regard to the question, "Does the current City Council ignore residents' concerns?" ("Boardman is in, DeLong is out," Aug. 12):

Whenever a land use issue comes to the council for consideration, those in opposition to it will always be more motivated to make the trek to City Hall, put on a badge signifying their cause and spew forth their "don't build anything anywhere" mantra. They will always be greater in number than those speakers, if any, who support a project. It's the same old people with the same tired objections.

When a project is approved after numerous residents have spoken out against it, it is usually charged that council ignores the residents. Actually, council appears to be aware that only the residents who are opposed have been heard. Just because 30 speakers show up at City Hall, that does not indicate that they represent a majority of residents.

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Indeed, when tested at the polls, as with Walmart and the senior center, it is clear that they do not.

If council were swept away listening to the clamor of the anti-everythings singing out at the podium during City Council meetings, there would be no Walmart, no Hyatt, no Hilton, no Ruby's or Duke's. Forget Home Depot, Lowe's, the Sports Complex and Bella Terra.

Council is doing just fine separating the views of a few from the views of the majority.

Bill Borden

Huntington Beach

Surf City is developers' haven

Re: "Does the current City Council ignore residents' concerns?" ("Boardman is in, DeLong is out," Aug. 12):

The current Huntington Beach City Council majority does indeed ignore residents' concerns. It is one of the reasons so many City Council candidates are running to restore the "voice of the people" to our local government. The current council majority has pointedly ignored the wishes and interests of the community by supporting massive development projects that primarily benefit outside special interests. This is true in southeast Huntington Beach with the Poseidon desalination plant, in the north with the Beach and Edinger Corridors mixed-use developments, in downtown with the Downtown Specific Plan to commercially pave over Triangle Park, in the Bolsa Chica area with the Ridge housing development, and throughout the city in general. Citizens' concerns over the environment, parking, traffic and other degradations to residential quality of life are at an all-time high. It is high time that voters elect a brand new council majority (four seats).

Tim Geddes

Huntington Beach

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