The Ridiculous Fillmore City Council

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Katarina Lind

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jul 14, 2006
On Tuesday evening, July 11, the Fillmore City Council met to consider the North Fillmore redevelopment plan and the Cabrillo plan for 29 units of low income housing next to the railroad on main street just east of Mountian View. The Fillmore and Western Railroad opposes the plan because of dangers to Children. The council wisely took the advice of the public for further study despite Councilwoman Cuevas' cold and callus attempt to push the project through anyway totally neglecting the fact that little chldren could be killed and lose their arms and legs.

With regard to the North Fillmore Plan, the Council went ahead with the approval of 700 units depite an outraged audience in council chambers opposing the plan. Councilman Smedley commented that the number of people opposing the plan in council chambers was small compared to the total population of the town and that those not present had to be represented. Interestingly not one person in favor of the project was present in council chambers! Some opposed to the project made such eloquent arguments that those present cheered and clapped. Mayor Viagas said that was a slap in the face to the City Council. Councilman Conway said that he had dug his family out of a flood in the Los Serenos tract and there is nothing wrong with others digging themselves out in the future. Councilman Dressler said he had heard all kinds of arguments about floods and natural disasters and considered it "the sky is falling" clap trap.

A majority of those attending left wondering what has happened to small town democracy in Fillmore? Isn't the council supposed to represent the people instead of the developers as it appears to be representing? Time for comment was limited to 3 minutes by the council. Nevertheless, when a spokemen for the developers spoke, Mayor Viagas let the spokenman ramble on past the three minute limit until one irate resident said, "Mr. Mayor, does this man get more time than the rest of us because he represents developers?" Another resident watching the time observered that the Mayor had allowed the developer's lobbyist speak for 4 minutes and 30 seconds without saying anything!

Clearly, the Fillmore City Council stinks and the voters must recall and elect new numbers who will not ignor the public's interest as soon as possible.
Fillmore

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jul 9, 2007
This was a good topic sorry I didn't see it earlier.We could have gone on forever!
dkm

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Aug 4, 2007
Now that a year has passed,the indictment's should be comming.
Native Sun

San Diego, CA

#4 Jul 1, 2008
Dangers to children ?
Are you aware that Metrolink plans to open that line up to high speed commuter rail? Your not going to have some vintage train going 15 - 20 mph through there, you are going to have a Metrolink train doing 70 mph comming onto Fillmore. I have been told by metrolink employees that they have already replaced that grade crossings and it may only be a matter of 1.5-2.5 years.
just sayin

United States

#5 Sep 14, 2008
Two more to go! It seems the last two were/are the worst,good riddance to bad rubbish!

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