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From: domainremoved <John>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:37:05 -0800

Honorable City Council Members,

I had hoped to attend tonight's council meeting, but due to a last minute
conflict, it now looks like I will not be able to be there. My apologies
for the lateness of this email, but if you do see it before any decisions
are made, I'd like to share my two cents on two issues:

1. I've had a chance to look into the "New Guild" proposal, and it looks
like a win-win opportunity. As always, "the devil's in the details," but
subject to some negotiations on the part of the City (e.g. to ensure
available and economical community usage), I think it looks like a great
project that will help bring vibrancy to our downtown. The usual issues of
funding and traffic seem to be addressed pretty well. From what I've
heard, the non-profit group has lined up private financing and will not
require a taxpayer subsidy in any form. And since the usage of this
property will primarily fall on weekends and evenings, it should minimize
traffic and parking issues. Neighborhood "cut-through" traffic may still
be an issue, but hopefully something can be worked out to address that

2. Although I am normally very reluctant to embrace an overly broad
"solution" to an issue, I think that our current situation (being forced to
adopt a rigid district-by-district council election format)
in-and-of-itself warrants making the change to becoming a Charter City. As
noted by the City Attorney, the flexibility inherent in being a Charter
City can present some problems, but as he also noted, it DOES ultimately
still rest with the electorate to address any future impacts. We should
trust ourselves (as voters and elected officials) to use the flexibility
afforded as a Charter City to react to future needs ... and hopefully to
come up with a better solution to the "district elections" mandate now
being forced upon us.


John Boyle
Received on Tue Feb 13 2018 - 16:41:07 PST

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