Despicable. Once again, the Pismo Beach City Council has used the timing of public hearings to its advantage. Usually, the strategy involves placing a controversial item at the end of the public comment period. In this way, they can drag the meeting out so that opponents of the given issue, who have other lives, can’t wait it out, and they leave.
Tuesday’s meeting had a twist. Stooping to a new low, the City Council elected to discuss the controversial Spanish Springs development project and vote on it ahead of the 6:30 p.m. time slot published in the agenda. By 5:50 p.m., it was a done deal. When our army of citizen opponents, who want to vote on this project, arrived for the published 6:30 p.m. hearing, we learned it was over.
The City Council knows that if Spanish Springs is put to a vote of the people, it will be voted down. They don’t want this to happen, so they manipulate the system to their advantage. They voted unanimously to give the developer what he wanted. Who was there to oppose? A project of this magnitude needs a vote of the people it impacts. What happened to fair representation in Pismo Beach?