We can go back if Prop. 1 doesn’t work | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
August 14, 2011 · Updated 9:59 AM
To the editor:
My name is Martha Furey, a resident of this little village of Langley. I also live on the dreaded Edgecliff Drive, that hovel of vicious radicals.
I, of course, am for Prop. 1. The idea behind Prop. 1 is not a new idea. It has been heavily discussed many times over the past years. But we have held on to this myth that it was best not to rock the boat, for far too long.
Many mistakes have been made over the years both by the various councils and various mayors. I do not think this is unusual considering that most of those good, sincere folks are not acquainted with all the laws, etc. around land-use issues. Sometimes they give up their power to others because they are insecure and afraid of doing the wrong thing. This is not a good way for a city council to run itself, and it is terribly expensive to keep hiring lawyers to help them fight their battles and fend off lawsuits caused by a mayor who did not know what he was doing. We should be shocked and concerned that our council had to find out there was a lawsuit against the city from the local paper.
How can they or anyone else defend a mayor who does not communicate with any of us?
Look, my friends, there is nothing wrong in trying a different form of government, one that has worked very well in other small and large cities. In fact it is downright progressive. Why not try it for a few years? We can always go back to a mayor if it does not work.
Of course it would mean that the city council would have to be very involved and take back their power. They would be the new manager’s boss, the employer on behalf of we, the people. I have always assumed that they were my representatives, the people who I, as a citizen, can go to get answers and to hear my concerns.
Many folks are critical of “us folks” on Edgecliff. Don’t you realize that our problems are different than many other parts of Langley? We have many problems with cliff slippage. Why in the heck would we not be concerned? We are being proactive. Isn’t that better than to wait for something bad to happen?
We are concerned that some very important issues are not being treated seriously. We are being good citizens. And believe me, if your neighborhood were at risk we would really listen to you objectively.
I do not think we would demonize or minimize your concerns. Speaking out is important.
I want someone in city hall who is schooled in land-use issues, someone who has absolutely no outside political enablements. I feel that was one of the very important things that Robert Gilman was fighting for: good, functioning government! One that cares about the lovely environment of this little town and the balance between the downtown corridor and the lazy, serene, but lively residential areas.
Vote yes on Prop. 1. It will most likely save money in the long run.