Open Letter to Kevin Faulconer – RE: Beach Alcohol Task Force lack of progressAugust 31, 2007 1 Comment
I would like to setup a meeting with you to discuss a couple issues relating to the Beach Alcohol Task Force next steps.
I am very concerned about several issues including:
1. Why the minutes for the last couple of meetings have been completely minimized – rendering them virtually useless. By this I mean no detail is offered in the minutes only that ‘Citizen X commented on beach alcohol’ vs. a partial transcription of the person’s actual comments. I’m also concerned that your staff apparently re-wrote minutes for three months and tried replacing the original versions. You have since replaced these re-written versions with the original ones but, I fear only after criticism from the community.
2. Why haven’t minutes for the last meeting of the BATF been compiled and published?
3. Why you are meeting with Ben Nicholls from Discover PB along with the California Restaurant Association to discuss Beach Alcohol Task Force issues? My concerns include why these folks weren’t invited to present to the BATF at-large during the 10 meetings this past year? Why are you having meetings with these folks separate from any BATF members? Also, were they not campaign contributors to your election? Since you apparently have a great concern for continuing the work of the BATF without including any members of the BATF in the meetings – perhaps you can tell me if you have yet invited the San Diego Fire & Rescue Departments, including the Lifeguards, to give you private testimony as to what their recommendations are in regards to alcohol on the beach?
4. What are your plans for the next steps of the Beach Alcohol Task Force? ‘Consensus’ was reached on several items yet many of them are sitting on the shelf, others are taking their own natural course without any input from the BATF and others are seemingly dead in the water.For instance one of the ‘consensus’ items was to improve the ‘education’ of returning students and military personnel. We had a very small window to prepare that work before the beginning of the school year but, since you’ve decided to not move forward we lost the opportunity to present these issues to the schools this Fall-orientation period. As a matter of fact I’ve spoken to some of the schools and one major one said they don’t even address alcohol issues as they relate to the local communities of San Diego – only campus-related drinking. This is evidence that they need to be brought into the loop as to how their actions are affecting the San Diego community at large don’t you think?
It is clear that you are not very motivated to help our community address the ALARMING crime rates and quality of life issues. Do I really need to drum up all the crime and related statistics again?
We cannot sit and wait for you to some day answer these questions Kevin. Our community has many critical issues and you are seemingly content on your current pace – it’s been over 8 weeks now since the last BATF and there is no organized effort to push forward. This is unacceptable. My thinking is we can work together or not Kevin. Your actions are suggesting that you have it all under control and mine are that you are looking for the easier, softer way around these issues and are not willing to take the necessary steps to address these issues head on – difficult as that may be to face.
I wanted to give you the opportunity to address these issues as I have many people that have asked me what the progress is and I simply don’t have the answers. I’m also not quite sure what you’re up to and don’t really appreciate being given such short shrift.