Delaying until March 2004 a good move
I agree with the Huntington Beach City Council decision to delay
the vote on council districts until the March, 2004 election. The
initiative promoted by Scott Baugh and his cronies is really a
stealth effort to ensure a city government more to the liking of the
special interests they represent. It is a "wolf" dressed in the
"sheep's clothing" of electoral reform. Those circulating the
petitions failed to disclose the consequences that would result if
this initiative was passed, or the identities of the special
interests that are promoting it.
Delaying the vote would allow voters time to study and learn the
true nature of this initiative. I strongly support true reform.
District election of council members is an excellent idea that
deserves our support. Reducing the number of council members is a
phony reform. It is a transparent attempt by some special interests
to make it easier for themselves to influence and control city
TERRY R. ARNOLD
Yes, the city council was right to delay the vote on redistricting
until November. I think it should be permanently delayed. We are so
happy to at last have a city council that is not in the developers
pocket. Thank you Debbie Cook and Connie Boardman. This districting
will return us to the old boys network and we will once again be in
the developers pocket and every spare piece of land in Huntington
Beach will be built on if it isn't already.
Welcome back to city politics Sullivan
I was thrilled to see that former Mayor Dave Sullivan is going to
run again for the council. He was one of the most effective,
knowledgeable and caring city council people Huntington Beach has
elected in the past years. We have him to thank for many quality of
life things we enjoy in Huntington Beach. One of his innovations,
while in office, was his motion to have Central Library open on
Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m. The parking lot at Central Library is
packed on Sundays, It was an idea that needed to be implemented. Good
luck Councilman Sullivan. You've been missed.
Let's judge Sullivan by his enemies
The city editor hit the nail on the head with her column last week
on "The Feisty Irishman."
Although I don't always agree when Dave Sullivan speaks, I know
I'm hearing what he honestly thinks when he talks. And I don't have
to wade through a lot of useless verbosity to figure out his meaning.
Former Mayor Sullivan was like a breath of fresh air when he sat
on our council. His integrity and clearness of speech and thought,
had to impress even his enemies.
I've often heard you can judge a man by his enemies and if that's
true then Sully is the man for me. If I were his campaign manager I'd
use that phrase as his banner. "Judge him by his enemies."
Even though he waited until the last minute to run for Orange
County Supervisor, he came within a whisker of that job and guess
what ...everything he said turned out to be true and everything Jim
Silva said turned out to be political hyperbole.
Let's elect Dave quickly in case he changes his mind and decides
he's had enough of the council quagmire.
Shipley a worthy cause to save
We definitely feel the
nature center is a very worthy effort and Ranger Dave is terrific.
We've raised five children who have all been there numerous times and
now we're taking grandchildren. I would hate to see something that
valuable get lost in the something like the budget cuts.
Let's try to save the Bolsa Chica mesa
I am all for saving the Bolsa Chica mesa from development and
giving the Bolsa Chica Land Trust the opportunity to purchase the
mesa at the fair market price. I would like to see the mesa saved