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CityCouncil Mtg: Hotel or Not?

Photos from the January 25th meeting of the Santa Cruz City Council. In the face of significant opposition, councilmembers voted 4-3 in favor of approving a $30million project that would replace the Coast Hotel with a new hotel, conference center, and six-story parking garage.

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Re: CityCouncil Mtg: Hotel or Not?

Great photos! It is such a treat to keep seeing such nice photos and it really inspires me to keep making media. There is so much emotion captured in these images.

This development is going forward despite the will of a large spectrum of concerned parties. The plan is short-sided and doomed to be a loser.

It was nice that Tony Madrigal tried to speak with the Clear View Court residents, however he acknowledged that most residents were not home when he came to speak with them. And the residents that were home expressed numerous concerns. It makes me question his motives for going door to door in the first place. The input, and lack thereof, from the Clear View Court residents would have been a fine reason for Tony to vote against the plan. But no... The Green Light is given for the contractors to "use their best judgment" on the enormous luxury hotel and six story parking garage.

Sure, some jobs have been created in the short term and Santa Cruz may have a fancy LED certified (Green Building) hotel, but at what cost? Tony had the chance to stand up for the people of Santa Cruz and fight against the agenda of Mike Rotkin and the Big Money Corporate Interests, but he chose to support the plan and the 'tear it down, build it up' mentality of people willing to do anything for money.

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It is nice to see Santa Cruz stepping up and taking a leadership role at the forefront of the progressive industrial movement. This new Green Building will show the world how sound ecological wisdom can be integrated affordably into modern construction practices, to actually SAVE money AND the environment!

It is only fitting that Santa Cruz should lead the way into harmonious co-existance with our mother earth. And it is unfortunate that a small group of disgruntled people have to amuse themselves fighting against progressive construction practices while misrepresenting themselves as leaders of public opinion when they are in truth just agitators who thrive on conflict. Isn't there enough conflict across the globe? Can't we just have peace here at home?

Corporate Greenwashers Make Me Puke.

>sound ecological wisdom

I'm sorry, did I miss something?

Since when do six-story parking garages fit in with "sound ecological wisdom?"

Give me a break. Your attempts to greenwash a big-money development deal are pathetic.

Tearing down a building that's already there, so that you can put in a shiny new one... that's ecological? Oh, yeah... you're gonna have low-flow toilets. That's a good reason to tear the place down.

"Hey, guess what... I got this great new way to save the environment.... yeah, we're gonna tear down the old hotel, build a completely new one and put in a conference center and a six-story parking garage... we'll get thousands of people fly and/or drive here every year so they can sit around and talk about corporate strategies while they eat swordfish and filet mignon. Yeah, yeah... it's gonna be great! And we're gonna make a bundle!"

Re: CityCouncil Mtg: Hotel or Not?

thanks again Matt, well put.

Re: CityCouncil Mtg: Hotel or Not?

"....Yeah, yeah... it's gonna be great! And we're gonna make a bundle!"

See, it will be a 'green' building after all!

Thanks for the laugh...


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