Despite Flaws, Prop. 2 Is Designed to Send a Much-Needed Message

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 22, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Proposition 2 may not be perfect, but as a voter and a small-business owner, I am frustrated with a series of councils that in recent years have regularly voted for the developers even when they are actively opposed by citizen groups [“'Chronicle' Endorsements,” News, Oct. 17]. I don’t feel represented, except by Laura Morrison. Morrison is only one vote, and I am anxious to have three more like her as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I support Prop. 2 because it turns back an odious decision that wastes millions of tax dollars on the kind of project that developers all around the nation drool over.
    Council is supposed to take the time to deliberate over the details and the best language to serve the interests of our city. When they default on that responsibility, we must send them a message. Do we get to choose among three or four versions of this proposal to ferret out the perfect solution? No. Will we get another shot next month at voting for the perfect proposal? No. Prop. 2 sends a clear message that we are fed up with tax-dollar welfare for the fat cats. If council considers it a nightmare, it is of their own making. We elect them and pay them to fix these messes. I’m tired of the majority of council members forgetting who they work for!
Ron Coldiron
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