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Prop B lawsuits?

Is it true that Prop B exposes Solana Beach to significant liability for expensive lawsuits? You betcha.

A few minutes of homework leads to our city attorney’s written comments regarding this very issue. In a formal response to the Elections Code Section 9212 Report, our city attorney lists several legal challenges that the city anticipates could occur, including Equal Protection, Administration of the Permit, Land Use and Vagueness of Nominal Fee, to name just a few. The city attorney then clearly states, “Any legal challenges to the Measure… would have to be defended and paid for by the city” and concludes by saying that there could be significant impacts if Prop B is enacted. The important thing for Solana Beach voters to remember is that the Vote NO on Prop B position is supported by facts and documentation, not rhetoric.

Kelly Harless,

Solana Beach


Yes on B

We have been residents of Solana Beach since 1958 and have watched our community grow into a fine city. We were instrumental in supporting the reconstruction of the Fletcher Cove Community Center. We remember when it was used for the community events such as weddings and other gatherings.

We are disappointed that the City Council has put severe restrictions on the use of the building. It has been designed so that it can be used for indoor and outdoor events, but the Council has adopted a policy that no portion of the patio and lawn area can be set aside for special events. We also feel that the requirement of a security guard and trained bartender is an unneeded expense.

We would hope that our children and grandchildren would have access to the building for wedding receptions and family gatherings. We also feel that not allowing a D.J. or musical band to play is also not a needed restriction.

A vote yes for Prop B would protect our community rights.

Monte and Janice DeGraw,

Solana Beach


Another vote?

Much has been written about the fact that California State Code mandates that changes to an Initiative require another vote by the people. But is this really a problem? With Prop B, there is only one issue that could require a subsequent vote; that is if the Solana Beach City Council were to decide to once again close the facility for private events. Look at the provisions of Prop B. Is there really a person or group who will require a vote to change the 10 p.m. closing time? Or the provision for “nominal fees”?

Or the limit to NOT MORE than two of three weekend days that the Council has the ability to further reduce? Or that noise control and occupancy shall be determined by the existing Solana Beach Municipal Code and Fire Marshal limits?

Or that behavior that violates ABC, State or city rules and regulations will result in closure of the event and possible fines? It is not realistic to think any of these five issues would prompt a campaign for another vote.

Thus it is only the one issue — total closure for private events — that would prompt the need for another election. Should the City Council propose to close the facility for private events, it would be entirely appropriate to submit this question to a vote of the people. Thus, Prop B is totally reasonable and deserves your “Yes” vote.

Rena C. Monge,

Solana Beach


SB Council claims

Our City Council claims that we Solana Beach residents can now use our Fletcher Cove

Community Center. This decision was decided after they realized the amount of residents who wanted the opportunity to use this Center by signing a Voter Initiative.

The City Council then enacted a USE policy with such absurd restrictions that few residents would want to use FCCC. These restrictions indicate that we residents are drunks, loud and not law abiding.

This City Council also made the decision to spend our tax money to have this expensive election, rather than approve the Voter Imitative of Solana Beach residents.

We residents who support Prop B simply want to use and enjoy our tax funded FCCC for special occasions as it was intended to be used.

Vote Yes on Prop B.

Dianna Jordan,

Solana Beach