I am a resident of Discovery Bay and I am baffled by certain letters written to the editor regarding those who are unhappy with some actions (or lack of action) by Discovery Bay Community Services District (CSD).
It seems that if anyone dares to express their concerns, they are labeled complainers, whiners, and/or troublemakers. One of my pet peeves is the $475,000 that was spent on the front entrance, which included new grass, some plants, a sprinkler system and some palm trees. To me, that is a terrible waste of money, especially when the rest of the landscaping in Discovery Bay is disgraceful! So I suppose this concern labels me as a complainer.
But as residents, don't we have the right to express our views and hopefully have them heard by the CSD? And shouldn't our views at least be heard and respectfully considered? Instead, some of the board members try to intimidate and disregard these concerns, and legitimate questions are ignored or discounted. Is this the way to treat their constituents and the residents they are elected to serve?
The result of this negative attitude leads to discontent and incites residents to become more upset and all the more vocal. We need to change the makeup of the board so that this divisiveness between residents and the board does not continue.
We have a chance in this upcoming election to add board members to the CSD who will listen to our concerns in a manner that is not intimidating or disregarded. In order to put a stop to the current approach and attitude expressed by some of the board members, I am asking you to please vote for Mark Simon and Ray Tetreault in the upcoming general election.
By adding them to the board, along with Dave Dove, there will be a majority who will listen and act accordingly after courteous consideration of all the input and facts brought before them, and be forthcoming and lawful regarding public safety and health (as was not evidenced previously regarding the sewage spill in Lakeshore).
Let's work together to have a cohesive board that is willing to listen to its constituents, and work with them, not against them, to make Discovery Bay a town of which to be proud. Let's have new members that will be above-board and who will keep issues out in the open and allow residents the opportunity to address upcoming matters.
Please be sure to vote, and mark your ballots for Mark Simon and Ray Tetreault.