Marv Sherrill, Dana Point

I noticed on my ballot that the Dana Point City Council and South Coast Water District contests include two questionable candidates. The wife of former City Council member (now Assemblyman) Bill Brough is running for our City Council, while SCWD Director Dennis Erdman’s son is running to join him on the Water Board. I wonder how appropriate this is.

Two years ago, then-Council member Brough voted to approve the Majestic Project (aka: the Raintree Project—where the plan is to build hundreds of apartments on three lots) in spite of the Planning Commission not approving it. We now have to live with that decision—which means that there will be a huge influx of apartments in the Lantern District with inadequate parking and the potential for many two-day short-term rentals. I wonder if Mr. Brough’s wife were to win a seat on our City Council, would she continue voting on issues that will “sell out” our city—going against what the majority of residents want for the future of our city? The passing of Measure H indicated what the majority of citizens wanted.

As for Douglas Erdman’s running for the SCWD, I don’t think that most voters would want to see 40 percent of the Water District votes come from the same family. We’re in an epic drought in Southern California. If two of the five votes on any agenda item come from the same family, they would have the opportunity to discuss the item “off the record” and vote for items that might be best for them but not in the best interest of our entire region. That means only one other vote would be needed to approve legislation that could be counter-productive in our battle to conserve water.

We do not need Bill Brough’s influence back in the City Council, and a single family should not have that much influence on water board decisions.

While I don’t know either candidate personally, it just seems logical that there are other candidates running who would give us a wider range of opinions to make better future decisions for Dana Point.

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