Monday, February 20, 2012
Pacifica City Council Meeting 2/14/12
I attended the city council meeting the evening of 2/14/12, Valentine's Day. I set aside personal plans to do so as other folks likely did.
If I understand correctly, the city council itself set this meeting date. The date was set and about 50 people attended but apparently it was too difficult for two members of the city council to attend. All the folks who had showed up hoping to accomplish something were in essence told that nothing would be accomplished. This was a slap in the face to all Pacificans. You set a meeting date and then DO NOT BOTHER TO ATTEND? If Mr. Vreeland and Mr. DeJarnatt do not care to be on the city council then just say so. Someone else can do it, no one cares. This city needs help and by not attending meetings and holding up our processes, absent members are condemning Pacifica to failure at many levels.
For future meetings, the city council should inform people that the meeting is cancelled due to lack of interest, just as the Valentine's Day meeting was held for no apparent reason.
Most people at the meeting spoke of wanting to keep our police, fire and city services. Not one person endorsed using the Sheriff's office for policing. We like our cops! They are OUR cops! The police dispatch center is already gone and evidently response time for our police has been slowed down dramatically. Imagine the response time if Sheriff's deputies attempt to find some of our streets. Committees that meet at the police station now need a baby-sitter to watch the lobby. Excellent planning: dump the dispatch so now we have to provide a baby-sitter for your meetings? We have City Hall and the Community Center for meetings -- use them. Lack of foresight has caused this issue.
I was disappointed and insulted by our city council and the non-meeting. Do not try to tell Pacificans about your work when we come to your changed-date meeting and your own members do not care enough to attend. Everyone they must attend or someone else can do their job.
We are proud of Pacifica. It's beautiful and friendly and a bit quirky and it's home.
The entire populace of Pacifica deserves an apology for the fiasco of the "meeting" held on Valentine's Day evening. Aside from those present having a chance to voice an opinion, the evening was a joke. That sort of rudeness from elected officials to their constituents should not be tolerated.
Submitted by Rebecca Lorenz