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Letter holds up city’s decision on general plan

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 26th, 2012

WATSONVILLE — A letter received an hour before the meeting delayed the Watsonville City Council’s decision to approve the revisions to the 2030 General Plan Tuesday night, adding another chapter in the six-year long process to adopt the plan.

The nine-page letter, which had more than 50 pages of attachments, arrived in the city’s hands at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and according to Assistant City Manager Marcela Tavantzis, the lateness of it would not allow sufficient time for the council to digest its contents and make a decision during the meeting.

The letter was from an attorney representing the Friends of Buena Vista, one of the organizations who originally opposed the general plan

Tavantzis recommended that the council delay approving the general plan until the meeting on Oct. 23, which was agreed upon, although not without evident frustration from the councilmembers.

“I came prepared to vote for the items on the agenda,” said councilmember Daniel Dodge. “Now I’m getting a gun pointed — sorry, nine-page letter pointed at my head. This has been in the works for years and now we’re going to postpone it another month? I’m really perturbed.

“This last minute stuff ... sometimes, it’s just not right.”

For the complete article see the 09-27-2012 issue.

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