[Vision2020] City Elections
donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 10 19:42:16 PDT 2007
Does this mean you are not supporting Dan Carscallen for City Council?
Jack Porter <jporter at moscow.com> wrote:
[As published as a letter to the Daily News today]
The Greater Moscow Alliance is making a well-financed push to take over the
Moscow City Council in November, and voters need to pay attention.
The GMA gave us another example of its skewed priorities at the City
Council meeting on Sept. 4. The Council invited public comments on the
"boarding house ordinance" that has been drafted to deal with absentee
investors who buy up houses in single-family neighborhoods and rent them to
rowdy crowds of college students.
One after another, residents told horror stories of how their
family-friendly neighborhoods have been degraded by this process of
commercial exploitation. But a GMA representative got up and read a
statement opposing the ordinance because it might limit the "property
rights" of absentee landlords. Never mind the rights of ordinary citizens
to protect the character of their neighborhoods what matters to GMA is the
right to maximize profits.
I hope voters will remember this in November. The GMA candidates are
well-meaning guys (yes, they're all guys), but do they share GMA's extreme
pro-development philosophy? When they have to choose between "property
rights" and the quality of life in Moscow's neighborhoods, which do you
think they will choose?
Jack R. Porter
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