Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Limon Votes Against Projects in Her Own District

Politics is politics and sometimes it makes people do things that will leave many scratching their head. Usually there is a strategy behind the scenes that the public isn't always privy to so they don't always know why electeds do the things they do.

But other times people just cut off their nose to spite their face.

It looks like that is what happened during yesterday's city council meeting when Rep Ordaz didn't do what a close friend and constituent of Rep Limon wanted done with some canopies. The end result was Rep Limon voting against a funding measure for $100,000 in projects that included a park canopy at E.L. Williams Park requested by the Lomaland Neighborhood Association and swings and benches at Thomas Manor Park requested by the Thomas Manor Neighborhood Association.

Pretty sure ol' Willie Mays at Thomas Manor Neighborhood Association isn't going to be too happy.

Not sure why any rep would say no to $100,000 for parks in their district but she must've thought it prudent. And I'll bet money that since the measure passed anyway, she was the lone "no" vote, she will still show up to the ribbon cutting and take pictures and credit.

Sound familiar? Yep, the Eddie Holguin school of governing. Vote no on a project and jump in front of any camera in sight when the project opens so that you can say you voted no on spending tax-payer money and show up like you made a project happen.

Voting no was the easier thing to do for Limon than having to get an earful from her constituent Sylvia Carreon.

Let me explain to you why there was even a disagreement in the first place. This is all over canopies in Pueblo Viejo linear park in District 6 which is represented by Representative Ordaz. Carreon lives in District 7 but she was pushing hard for the project because she is part of a Civic Association that covers parts of districts 3, 6, and 7. Civic Associations are larger than Neighborhood Associations.

The problem is they both basically serve the same function except one, the civic association, has to consist of at least a hundred members. Neighborhood associations are just a small geographic area.

I have no idea why there needs to be two entities like that. Civic associations seem to be unnecessary.

And this case is a perfect example. The civic association made a request for 8 canopies at Pueblo Viejo. Rep Ordaz chose to fund four canopies and leave the rest of the money in the pot to be added to next years' funds.

Let me remind you, its not even Carreon's or Limon's district.

Ordaz said that after speaking to the residents that they thought 8 canopies would've been a bit much but that they were fine with having 3 or 4 canopies around the playground areas. Pueblo Viejo is a linear park and so its pretty long. I play pick-up basketball there because its close to my place. Based on the layout of the park I can't see where they would put 8 canopies to begin with.

So Ordaz made an amendment to fund 4 instead of 8 canopies. As a result, Limon voted against the entire funding package, which means she voted against her own projects.

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