Then there’s the Coastal Rail Trail controversy. Blakespear initially supported building the Cardiff segment of the trail on the east side of the railroad tracks, but recently flip-flopped after massive opposition from residents and environmentalists who correctly charged that building the trail along narrow San Elijo Drive would not only take away parking and coastal access with a 6-foot chain link fence, but also destroy sensitive natural habitat.
Now, the switch appears nothing more than a political ploy. A consultant recommended 15 names for a nonpartisan citizens committee to oversee the project as it progresses. Blakespear came up with her own list, heavily loaded with her campaign contributors and supporters of the original east-side-of-the-tracks proposal, which her political allies on the city council approved in a 3-2 vote. How do you spell partisan politics and cronyism?
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Seaside Courier rips Blakespear
Seaside Courier editorial: