Background Notes for Meeting with Councilwoman Lorie Zapf :Jan 19, 2017

*Below is a copy of my email sent to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf on  Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:27 AM:

Hi Councilwoman Lorie Zapf and staff,

First, let me say thank-you for voting in favor of dropping the eminent domain lawsuit against Protea. I appreciate it greatly as do many in the community.

Unfortunately, I have received numerous angry calls and emails from community members who feel that you didn’t give them credit for their Email Petition Campaign over the win with SANDAG. One person expressed it as a “photo op” because you have not attended a single Ad Hoc Subcommittee meeting (CCPG) regarding the Morena Specific Plan, and the day you do, you speak about the vote but didn’t give the community credit.  I personally would like to see you attend every meeting, but I know that is impossible given your duties to your District.

Some of the community members want more of the SANDAG story to be emailed (broadcasted) out to the neighborhoods about the fact that you knew nothing of the Protea Project prior to the first BofD meeting on 9/9 when you were the single vote.  After the Email Petition Campaign and community efforts that went into this issue, some folks feel you want all the glory when you hardly know what the Morena Specific Plan is about.  They were wholeheartedly disgusted that you knew nothing about the 90ft proposal that Mr. Navarro and the other eleven owners of the site (where Jerome’s Furniture Warehouse and Armstrong Nursery are located) and that you blamed it on the planning department for not letting you know about it.

I wish you had spoken to me prior to attending the CCPG meeting, and I could have given you a heads up to make sure you gave credit to the community first and speak with you about the 90Ft proposal.

I believe it is imperative that we get on track with our goals asap.  Lorie, you and I need a face to face meeting to sort some of this out- we need you and your support for the community to get the MSP completed properly, timely, and with no other issues so that the process is streamlined and builders/developers can get on with rebuilding our area.

Another inflamed issue is the removal of Land Use and Zoning from the AD Hoc Subcommittee for the Morena Specific Plan.  Everyone on the committee felt that removing Land Use and zoning was tantamount to pulling the teeth out of the tiger.  Many community members are aghast after spending over a year as volunteers on the committee, and the large numbers of community members that have been attending the meetings, to find that Michael Prinz , without good or sufficient reason, announces at our last meeting that the Planning Dept has removed Land Use and Zoning from our purview or consideration.  It needs to be reinstated immediately.

I invite you to take the time to sit down with me and discuss more of what is going on.  I feel its imperative to meet prior to the next Subcommittee Meeting on January 23, especially in light that no response has been given to the letter of protest about the removal to this date.  That meeting could turn into a disaster if we don’t address these issues prior to it.

I can meet you at your office and will try to schedule around your schedule.

Thank you,

James LaMattery

Spokesperson, Raise The Balloon

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