I posted this on Facebook today:
One year ago, I showed up at Carlsbad City Council as an thirty-year resident who had finally had it with the way this city was being manipulated by outside developers. The final straw was the possibility that a monstrosity of a concrete mall was to be built on Agua Hedionda Lagoon. NO WAY, I thought. I didn’t even have a speech written when I pushed my way through the crowd, but I knew it was time to step up and speak up. That was the night I spoke about “not being impressed by men in fancy suits with fake tans.” I may have walked in to those hostile chambers alone, but walked out with the new and lasting friendship of a tribe of hundreds and hundreds who soldiered on to save the lagoon as we’re saving Carlsbad, one council seat at a time. Much love, appreciation, and gratitude to our TRIBE.
Yes, the lagoon is safe FOR NOW. But there will always be the threat of over-development and that’s why we stand vigilant, never again complacent to the machinations of our self-serving local government.
Here’s my speech in its entirety:
“First, I’d like to make a brief observation; other than the farm workers at the strawberry fields, Caruso’s soft focused Utopian propaganda video had no people of cultural diversity represented. Kind of crazy, right? I mean, when you really think about it? What’s that all about?
[This refers to a video shown by Caruso Affiliated. Big bucks in play here.]
Mayor and council, I need to make myself particularly clear.
I’m not impressed by fancy suits and ‘healthy’ fake tans.
My family and I are vehemently opposed to the development of Agua Hedionda.
Agua Hedionda is a sensitive resource and ecosystem that needs to be saved and protected and restored, NOT built upon and destroyed.
I love to shop and I don’t want Nordstrom built on the lagoon when we have a perfectly good mall that needs the promised renovation.
No matter what or how we were duped in 1986 and 2006, that should not mean this deception should continue.
For thirty years, I’ve watched you and other councils systematically destroy land and native habitats in Carlsbad.
This needs to stop.
Enough is enough.
My family and I vehemently oppose all building on Agua Hedionda.
Enough is enough.
Leave it alone.
Shame on you Mayor and City Council.
Shame on you all.
And finally, Mr. Blackburn, we met privately about the pet store in the Westfield mall that sells puppy mill dogs and you PROMISED me that when the mall was renovated and all the stores were closed, that store would be gone and wouldn’t be allowed back. But it’s still open. You promised and I feel betrayed.
Do the right thing, would you?”
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