Letters to the editor for Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Disappointing deceptive dazzle
Six hours at a meeting was quite a commitment residents of the west side were willing to endure for an opportunity to be heard. They did speak, but no one really listened.
Aware of the proposed “Vintage” project for the Anderson Ranch, I spoke with several people and found the majority of them stated, “We do not want it, but, once again, they’re going to ram it through anyway, like they always do.” Those statements do not bode well for how residents view the Board of Supervisors.
A spokesperson for the city spoke first, presenting an overview of the project. Slides accompanied a nearly 2,000-page binder of information. A few times she mentioned something was erroneous or heard board members did not receive the correct information. It seemed scattered and ill prepared. I wondered if tax dollars paid for this research. Is that not largely the job of the developer?
Next three men associated with the developer spoke. They too said some things were not yet decided.
Public comment started around 5:45. I left with more questions than answers. I was sickened thinking about even more construction.
Reading the paper, it was disappointing to read only one comment was printed; it was from a woman who described “Vintage” as ‘magnificent’ which was not at all descriptive of the bulk of comments. Then, to read Mayor Crowell’s quote, “Personally I’d like to see another use of this property …” The desire for wielding power overcame the public’s concerns. Power is a dangerous thing.