A Simple Confession.

Spongebob_AIt’s been a while since I last posted here. Frankly, the continued juvenile behavior in council chambers, meeting after meeting, is less than motivating. I’d almost rather that Time Warner replaced their bi-weekly meeting coverage with reruns of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Seriously, have you ever seen five people so unable to get along together, so incredibly dysfunctional, incapable of building consensus on even simple matters?

Wake up Brea.

With a contentious and heated campaign season just around the corner, it’s time Brean’s took stock of their options and made some effort to follow what’s happening down at 1 Civic Center Circle. The average Brea resident can’t name one member of the City Council.

madonna_bIn recent weeks I’ve been asking folks what they thought of Madrona. “She’s starting to show her age.”

No. I’m not kidding. Someone actually said that. Most people had no clue what Madrona is, more about that in a moment.

I also asked readers of Brea Matters, typically well informed high probability voters, what issues they felt were the most critical at the moment… most likely to be woven into campaign rhetoric.

I’m pleased to say I received a respectable response, thoughtful and articulate answers, and am consolidating them for an upcoming post.

Back to Madrona.

Oh, and for those still clueless, “Madrona” is a hillside development that’s been in gestation in one form or another for over 20 years. It made it through the Planning Commission, which vexed the save-the-hills crowd and a handful of villagers.

The Triangle Fire opened the door for this nimby (not in my back yard) bunch to appeal the commission’s decision and it’s landed in front of our dysfunctional council.

The subsequent public hearing has brought out the worst in all concerned. It is he-said-she-said with hardly any way to truly fact check the claims of either side.

Council, I’ll make it easy for you.

apples-oranges_150Whether you approve the project or not, you’re going to get sued. Deny the project and the applicant will drag you into court. Approve the project and the appellant will do likewise.

The answer is simple, figure out who you have the best shot at beating in the courtroom and cast your vote for their opponent.

I suggest you approve the project. The whiney complaints of the small special interest group will ring hollow when juxtaposed with the property rights side of the argument. And wouldn’t it be nice if we could avoid one more developer financially crumbling under the weight of Brea’s incompetence?

But, for heaven’s sake, don’t pretend you need more information to make your decision. Bouncing this back to staff after all these years, is like giving yourself a big dose of novacain. Trust me, you can’t avoid the pain… it’s inevitable.