|An Open Letter To The SMCHD Regarding The District Demanding Access To Our Waves, Beach, And Bluffs Be Denied To YOU So That Somebody Can Make A Buck|
Hello Team SMCHD,
As you may know, I have expressed my flabbergastment at the notion of Surfers, Surfers I tell you, hiring the cops to restrict access to some waves, a beach, and our bluffs.
I mean, come on man! What next? Is the NRA going to deny people the right to carry guns at a shooting competition it sponsors?
Per a letter that Mavericks/Cartel sent the SMCHD I found out that Surfers would never do such a thing. While this helped untilt the skewing of my world view per the above mentioned flabbergastment, the reason the ocean, beach, and our bluffs is denied access to during the Mavericks Surfing Competition is that the San Mateo County Harbor District Commission demands that the ocean, beach, and bluffs be closed off to the people who rightfully own them so that somebody can make some money.
This is a horrible horrible precedent. 11,600 pieces of silver the SMCHD gets for selling the rights to privatize some waves, a beach, and our bluffs. Worse, staff refunds the 11,600 pieces of silver without a specific policy, no contractual provision allowing it, and without informing the Board of Directors.
Some of you in the past have been willing to trespass and risk arrest so as to oppose this kind of greed vs public access issues. Some of you are willing to force a man who owns a road to provide access to it so that surfers and others can enjoy some waves and a beach.
You now have a glorious opportunity to make a stand and advance the cause of universal public access to waves, beaches, and bluffs vs the cause of making a buck. Rarely in life are people fortunate enough to be blessed with the opportunity to do the right thing for everybody. You as San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioners are so blessed but do you comprehend the opportunity?
If there is to be a contest, fine. I'm as greedy as the next guy. Profit is good. But YOU as representatives of the people who own the assets YOU are trusted to protect, that YOU in fact promised to protect, are not required to make anybodies business model work. Heck, notice the item on your agenda required deficits. Your own business model is failing.
Do the right thing. Rescind the requirement to close off access to the wave, beach, and bluffs.
Thanks for considering my rant and enjoy this fine day!
John Charles Ullom