Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bill Foster Still Firmly Straddling the Pier Issue

First he was for the LENS, then he was kind of against it, then he was for a referendum, then he supported the City Legal staff's position that allowing the people to vote wasn't necessary, and most recently in truly ostrich style political double speak he said he doesn't think the Pier will be much of an issue in his reelection bid.
Well the chickens are about to come home to roost as Stop The LENS gets ready to Petition to stop the LENS. The group anticipates it will have sufficient petitions signed in the next two weeks or so.
The big question is "What will Bill Foster do"?
Will he support the people, will he pander the political power structure or will he sit idly by and watch events unfold? In light of the Columbia deal, which probably should not have happened, can he reverse positions and suggest the LENS project be stopped.
Will he be part of a stall tactic designed to get the current Pier closed and start the demolition project?
Can he put his foot down, step up, stop all activity on the LENS and force the issue to a referendum? Is that even legally possible given the Charter?
Will he support continued funding of the design effort while the Stop The LENS Ordinance and potential referendum unfolds. Will he put up with a 90 day delay by City Council as they try to get the current Pier shut down and torn down? Or will he just sit there and watch claiming to be powerless.
I'll bet you would like to ask the Mayor Some of these questions in person.
Well, here's your chance at a most appropriate venue.
Thursday April 11 at the Fine Arts Museum, just round the corner from the Pier approach, meeting starts at 6:00PM. Mayors Night out.
You can make it a night to remember.
The rest of City staff is supposed to be there including the Legal department. You might want to pose some of these questions to them.
If you need a list of questions, send me a e-mail and I will forward them to you in list form.
Have your say.  Be sure to get a petition for the Pier Referendum and complete it properly. Information and schedule of events at Stop The Lens.

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