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Boydston won my vote

Posted: April 9, 2010 6:03 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
TimBen Boydston won my vote one Tuesday evening at a City Council meeting when he took some of his allotted time on a different issue to express our neighborhood frustration with the current council’s favoritism toward developers over individuals and neighborhoods.

We live in Newhall, where the properties are older and lot sizes are irregular. A developer bought the 1-acre parcel across the street from me and my husband with the intention of building five large homes on it.  

In the 1950s when our neighborhood was zoned for five units per acre, the average home size was 1,200 square feet.

We, along with many of our neighbors, felt the developer’s plans for five, large two-story homes would not fit with the rural character of our neighborhood. Many of us went to the City Council meeting to speak and ask for a compromise of three houses on the 1-acre parcel.

After many of us spoke asking the council for a compromise, each City Council member expressed his or her thoughts and it was obvious they were leaning toward the three-house compromise. They asked the developer to express his final thoughts before their vote.

He said he could not make a profit on three houses. It would kill the deal for him. The City Council members changed their minds and voted to approve a development of four houses.  

It was very frustrating not to be allowed to comment on the developer’s profit requirements and whether his profits should be a priority for the City Council.

The next agenda item was called.  

Boydston’s was the first name called to speak about the next item on the agenda, unrelated to our neighborhood issue. Boydston, who had been listening to our issue, asked the City Council members why they felt obligated to ensure the developer made a profit. Boydston took some of his three minutes of allocated speaking time to express the frustration we all felt with our City Council members. He won my vote that evening.  

I encourage everyone who feels that people and neighborhoods should have priority over profits for developers to vote for Boydston.

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