by Adrian Florido / Voice of San Diego / June 2, 2009
Emotions ran high at the monthly meeting of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council last night as dozens of people — a record turnout, regulars said — filled the small meeting room at the Cabrillo Recreation Center, most of them eager to discuss replacing the park’s recently departed benches.
By the end of the night, and after lengthy debate, park council members voted to recommend the city replace the benches. Matt Aubrey, Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s representative, said the councilman would recommend those motions to the mayor for implementation.
It was the latest episode in the unfolding saga of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park benches, whose removal last month caused a small uproar among local residents who had used the benches for years as a scenic resting place overlooking the Pacific.
After a presentation by parks department representative Dan Daneri, several community members, in impassioned addresses, urged the city to replace the benches.
Joel Siegfried quoted Thoreau in chastising the city for removing them without seeking local input, saying that “government governs best that governs least.”
The first motion recommending that the city replace the non-scenic benches removed from the park’s parking lots was unanimously approved.
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