Roughly 100 people submitted public comments this week to Carpinteria’s City Council, the vast majority of which requesting that the city hold an advisory vote on whether or not to lease public property, Parking Lot # 3, to a private developer for profit. This was in keeping with the motion of the previous meeting.
Two developers were given the liberty to speak at will in excess of the standard allowed three minutes given to the public without anyone stopping their lengthy diatribe. Most disturbing of all was the thinly veiled threat made by developer Whitt Hollis to the city that they were not abiding in good faith to the Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA).
Yet again, Mayor Nomura and Councilmembers Lee and Carty refused to take into account the undeniable ground swell of public opposition to the leasing of public property. As usual, the public was unabashedly ignored and the issue at hand – the leasing of public property – brazenly proceeds in direct contradiction to will of the people. Is something rotten in the city of Carpinteria?