“Not In My Backyard” is such a common phenomenon and driving force in local politics, that, in case you weren’t aware, they’ve come to be known collectively as NIMBYs. It has become the scourge of Yorba Linda.
There is a recall election taking place. If you live in the city, the absentee ballot is in your mailbox now. If you do not vote by mail, the date is October 7.
If you really haven’t been paying attention, the other election, the REAL election, in which you vote for city council, congressman and other important stuff, is November 4. Yep, you got it, less than 30 days apart. There must be something super important and horrendously awful going on in the YL to justify the CITY footing the bill for this SPECIAL election for only Yorba Linda. Yeah. Not so much. In general, a bunch of local histrionic activists having a temper tantrum melt down again. Yes, again. And, you resident, regardless of whether you vote or care or not, are picking up the tab, for self proclaimed “fiscal conservatives” to have mega hissy fit and wear out their soap boxes.
There must be a payoff though right? A derivative benefit, a good sound outcome and consequence in the end? No. IT changes nothing except the names on the dais. That’s it. Truly. The rest is just rhetoric. Really. The same thing was at stake in the last recall effort. Yes, this is a bi-annual event. Oh, except that one was justified, right? No. It was as silly as this one. It was and remains about who is friends with whom, who in on whom’s “team” and who likes whom and on and on with the personal vendettas.
There is no ethical violations or illegal activity at the heart of this recall, NOR IS ANY ALLEGED. Yes, you read that right. No one is alleging that the council member subject to the recall have violated any ethics ordinance or any law at all. There was an allegation floating around that they broke “campaign promises’, but that is not actually true either and even if it was, really? Who cares and lets’ talk to Hillary Clinton about promises and blue dresses again.
It goes something like this, apartments. Well. They are not welcome in Yorba Linda. Apparently neither are the apartment dwellers who come with them, (the racism behind the recall drivers is something that is the subject of much speculation and rumor but not actually documented, you’ll have to derive your own opinion about it) Yorba Linda is subject to certain mandates from the state of California. We must build housing, in general multi tenant housing, suitable for persons in lower income brackets. For those of you following along at home it is important to note, the city of Yorba Linda was cited not all that long ago as having the one of the highest per capita income in the nation at about $120,000 per year, per household. That’s not a lot of diversity, and clearly there aren’t a lot of options then, for people not in that income bracket to reside in the city.
Also, in case you haven’t noticed, in this blue of blue states of ours, there is no tolerance for that kind of affluence and forced inclusion is the rule of law. In the state where we open the border and host welcoming committees for those who cross illegally, how could you really expect anything different.
So, apartments will be built, or Sacramento will be moving into Main Street, regardless of what Yorba Lindans want. Sacramento is going to make it happen.
Although this is news to most of the residents who are trying to figure out how to vote, this is NOT a new issue. In anticipation of this issue, the city, meaning the VOTERS of the city, passed Measure B years ago. Measure B, takes the issue of zoning changes AWAY from the electeds on the city council and places that power in the hands of the people. So, if any land owner in Yorba Linda wishes to change the zoning on their property, so that they may cash in on current building trends and the need to keep in step with this State mandate for multi family housing, that land owner must have the approval of the voters of Yorba Linda.
Heres the REAL NEWS FLASH, the projects that are pending right now, the ones that are the alleged basis for the RECALL, have been so approved. The voters, the residents, the citizens of Yorba Linda, voted for and approved the properties that are now being prepared to construct apartments. This is happening, you voted or ignored it and didn’t vote, but these city council members, who are being targeted for recall DID NOT APPROVE these apartments to be built in Yorba Linda.
I have said it before, there is NO SANTA CLAUS. Especially in politics.
The only correct vote on the October ballot is a NO vote on the recall.
Noteworthy as well, is that Tom Lindsey is up for reelection in November. So even if he is recalled in October, he is on the November ballot. Yep. These are the geniuses who want to replace him. They want us the citizens to spend upward of $300,000.00 for their personal vendettas, while they flush our money literally down the toilet. How much mitigation could that money have accomplished on the projects in question, in traffic issues, walls and barriers, landscaping. There are things that could have been done to deal with the NIMBYs but we’re spending this money just whining about it.
It accomplishes nothing. Shame on Nancy Rikel and her band of political thugs for doing this. Shame on all of you who have whined about the apartments being build in your backyard and your recent interest and involvement in local politics. Where were you in 2008, in 2010, and even before when solutions to these issues were being debated and resolved? Now that there are bulldozers in the neighborhood you’re all full of interest and determination. There is truly nothing that can be done about this now, nothing that can be changed, and these efforts are in vain and much to the detriment of the city overall.
Everyone needs to do themselves a favor and get informed. If we do not become a city of informed voters we will continue to be victimized and have our cities coffers raided systematically by these warring factions. When are we going to say enough and end this? Change is the only norm in life and in society. Whining about what we don’t like does not bring back the past. These recall supporters have promised things that they have no ability to deliver and Yorba Linda, please wake up, they have their hands in your pockets. Again.