Nadia Starner, Capistrano Beach
I don’t know where you received your information in your letter to the editor regarding how the short-term rental (STR) referendum signatures were obtained and what was being explained to the public. It is completely false and unfair to the many decent people you have insulted, and I can attest to this first hand. To place this false information in regards to the many community volunteers is not only un-ethical and wrong, but are the actual actions used by the opposition (pro-str) to derail the referendum.
In regards to those community residents volunteering to ensure the safety and unity of our families in residential neighborhoods and stop the self-interest profiteering of our community, they stated the facts to all who chose to sign the petition and all who signed were community residents that did not want or whole heartedly agree with the Council’s decision to change the zoning and ordinances to appease investors via opportunistically marketing our neighborhoods as hotels or transient lodging.
I would appreciate very much if you would understand the definition of the petition: “Referendum definition, the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body been referred to them for a direct decision.” Understand the facts prior to publishing your own or trying to come off as the victim. The only victims, if any, would be the long-term residents and families in our community that would suffer from self-interest profiteers that cannot see beyond the dollar in order for the rest of us to maintain a quality of life and the unity and betterment of our community.
To all and any who would like to operate transient lodging businesses please consider moving to a hotel zoned area…because I personally love coming home to my neighborhood. Although everyone has rights to the property they own and invest in the rights of a community and the purpose of purchasing in a particular zone should be a decision made prior to your purchase. I personally chose to buy my house to raise a family in a residential zone and if I came to change this decision why should a neighborhood.
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