Appointing a two-member Council subcommittee is a bad idea for two main reasons:
First: It moves the process out of the public view.
Second: They will “eat your lunch.”
This development team has put together a group of talented, highly skilled and well-placed individuals. They are very professional and knowledgeable. They are ready to charm you. And quite frankly, outmaneuver you.
I know the city has assembled a talented group to counter and defend. But technical excellence is not enough.
The citizenry has a right to know and participate. In the process, they will save the city from untold mistakes. Among our citizens are a number of skilled individuals who are isolated from outside influence and only care what is best for our city.
Neil Fitzpatrick, Laguna Beach