You'll pardon me for once for not using the editorial "we" here, but I'm not 100% sure that the other half of the crack editorial staff agrees with me here.
It occurs to me that I'm writing about this (and have been for a few days now) in the context of a political campaign, and some people have asked me about that. It is, pure and simple, a political campaign. It lost the vestiges of being about zoning long ago.
Political campaigns are about citizen action, and they're about making a statement about the direction in which you want your community, your city, your state, your nation to go.
And that's what this is about, too. States McCarter and the Cedar Creek homeowners association (notice I said the homeowners association, not the homeowners themselves) have drawn the battle lines and have said that they, and they alone, can decide what is right and good and proper for the east side.
To achieve their goal of defeating La Puerta Del Sol, they've made up support numbers that, if the issue weren't as serious as it is, would be ludicrous.
The anti-La Puerta contingent have resorted to mudslinging, accusing Bruno Rubio and his supporters of race-baiting, engaging in "spin", and lobbying the individual Commissioners for their support, even though this is an acceptable, even laudable course of action in a representative democracy.
Most disturbingly, to garner support for their agenda, the anti-LPDS movement, specifically States McCarter and the Cedar Creek Civic Association have resorted to the tactics of misleading the residents of the east side, circulating a petition that so distorted the actual facts that some residents who originally signed the petition opposing LPDS now support the development, after looking into the issue on their own.
To counter these actions, which are frankly unworthy of any elected official or any group which purports to represent a neighborhood, Bruno Rubio, Matt Casey, and the other supporters of LPDS have responded with facts instead of fallacies and have actively sought the input of the community, not only in how to make La Puerta Del Sol more community-friendly, but even in how to gather the full support of the community behind the effort.
Now that the LPDS crew has been successful in getting the vote tabled (a significant victory on its own), the question is clear: How do we win in November?
The answer, as always, is politics. This is a political campaign. Has been for some time, really.
The key to winning this thing on a Commission level is to win it on a community level, and the way to win this on a community level is through a real grassroots campaign.
Notice that I said grassroots. Now, in my mind, what States and the Conservative Citizens Council...I mean, the Cedar Creek Civic Association, are doing is not grassroots. It's, for lack of better jargon, Astroturf. They're creating the appearance of a grassroots movement.
LPDS has the issues and the base to mount a real grassroots campaign. I'm excited to see Matt Casey (props!) posting on here, and even more excited to see him committing to the elements of a grassroots approach. Part of the reason I'm excited is because I'm a real grassroots-head from way back in the days, but also, I'm convinced that a hardcore volunteer-based campaign is going to win this thing.