Saturday, May 12, 2007
May 12, More San Pedro
I hope you all have a chance to read the May 12 edition of More San Pedro. If it doesn't come to your home, you can read it on the Internet by going to www.dailybreeze.com and scrolling down on the left side of the page to find the menu item for the pages of More.
I doubt that readers using the Internet will get a chance to see the picture of Neal Kleiner on page three. But folks who can view his smiling face have the opportunity to look at the fact that Mr. Kleiner is wearing three buttons on his shirt.
The light blue button that he appears to be wearing over his left shirt pocket is unidentifiable to me, and many other folks. The darker blue button more towards the center of his shirt is his campaign button. I know this because I proudly wear one that looks exactly like the one he is shown wearing.
And then there is the wonderful button he is viewed wearing on the right side of his shirt. How proud and happy I feel seeing a button I made being worn by a candidate who is not afraid or unwilling to show his support to all the folks working to keep Ponte Vista R1.
I think, if you notice the photo of Dr. Richard Vladovich, you can see that he doesn't appear to be wearing any button at all. Since Dr. Vladovich announced his run for the seat finally being vacated by Mike Lansing, he has had every opportunity to make his opinion known, via this blog, letters to editors, paid advertisement, attendance and speaking to the CAC, and many other venues to tell all of us his thoughts on what should happen on the Ponte Vista site. It seems by Dr. Vladovich's meeting with Bob Bisno that I know about, I feel it is fair to say that he either favors Bob's current plans, or won't come forward with his opinion on a project that could have a devastating impact on schools within the area he is looking to represent.
Shouldn't Dr. Vladovich tell us what he feels about adding a potentially large number of students to our local schools?
Well, it looks like Bisno supporters, followers if you will, are continuing to dredge the bottom of barrels of smut, smudge, goo, and other disgusting stuff in their failing attempt to help Bob with his current plans to build a development that is simply too large.
In the one letter published concerning Ponte Vista, "Ted Carlson" stoops to sarcasm by "appearing to be an R1 proponent" when he probably is another supporter of Bob's current plans who has to lower himself to levels good folks in OUR community shouldn't have to lower themselves to.
It is not enough that supporters of keeping R1 at Ponte Vista have to continue to have derogatory names hurled at them by some supporters, they now have to put up with someone masquerading as an R1 supporter, who is actually is a Bisno supporter.
What happened to honesty on the part of many of Bob's supporters. I know that a vast majority of them are honest and "Ted's" letter does none of them any good in dealing with their credibility.
After seeing so many folks walk up to tables and signing the R1 petitions over the last four weeks, I think members of OUR community are smarter than "Ted" believes they are. These thoughtful folks can read right through "Ted's" letter and view it for what it really is. come on "Ted", give supporters of R1 more credit than you seem to do for Bisno supporters.
Just think if supporters of Bob's current plans actually believe the letter was actually coming from a supporter of R1; it looks like "Ted" is writing to the uninformed, and too many of those folks support Bob's current plans.
All the uproar continues concerning Eastview Little League when there is a perfectly wonderful plot of land currently owned by a developer who can simply unlock one gate and donate part of his land as a "community benefit" for everyone interested in Eastview Little League. I am quite sure that an insurance policy can be written and paid for by the League to guarantee that Bob is not held liable for anything that might happen on that piece of land if the League had the one key it needs.
Think of the philanthropic claim Bob could make throughout OUR community, by simply unlocking the gate, with no strings attached, right now. It looks like the folks at Target have made a donation to the League that will help them pay to upgrade all that flat land and even the existing backstop at Ponte Vista. Supporters of Bob's current plans could stop their name calling and their sarcasm, and their derogatory statements and sit back and enjoy their "Hero's" contribution to the League. A feather in a cap is much better than muck on a shoe.
If Eastview Little League was to begin it's 2008 season on beautiful diamonds on the south side of the Ponte Vista property, there would still be enough time for them to find a real permanent home before the bulldozers hit the site to begin building 429 wonderful houses.
I can't see how this idea is not a win-almost win for all sides. Bob gets to look like a hero, the League gets a temporary field with plenty of parking near the fields available, and not up a steep and narrow drive, Knoll Hill dog park won't have to be altered in any way, and other real "community benefits" that I haven't mentioned.
But Bob is still stuck being Bob. His supporters appear to be growing more desperate and evil. Even though Ms. Hahn has spoken at this time, the folks at Bisno Development and their seemingly slimming number of supporters still aren't willing to listen to her and a vast number of members of OUR community. I don't know what more it is going to take, but it looks like R1 supporters will probably prevail in their quest to keep the current zoning at the site of Ponte Vista at San Pedro.
Let's see what happens on May 15, with a vote that puts Neal Kleiner into a seat at the Board of Education, May 16, when R1 supporters gather for their first official meeting, and on Tuesday May 22, when the next meeting of the CAC is scheduled for.
As the ancient Chinese curse is proving to be; "May you live in interesting times."