From expressions of anger about the recent Torrey Pine removal, to impassioned statements by Board candidates, to studied brows deep in thought on how to improve Newport Avenue, the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting last night, Wednesday, Aug. 24th, exhibited a gamut of emotions and “passions”.
Anger of Residents on How City Handled Torrey Pine
Anger at how the City handled the Torrey Pine on Saratoga came out among residents during the non-agenda public comment period at the opening of the meeting. The Masonic Center community room filled up with sixty people, at least one news camera and reporter, as acting chair Gio Ignolia attempted to guide the at times contentious forum.
Complaints from a number of residents were expressed at the lack of communication and transparency by the city around the Torrey pine, the heavy-handed police presence and manipulation by city staff on last Monday when the towering, 90-year tree was chopped down. About the lack of responsibility from the city. Rather abruptly, Ignolia called for a halt in comments about the tree, punting it over to Zapf’s aide.
Minutes later, when Councilwoman Zapf’s aide, Conrad Wear, took the floor for his monthly address, he was met with a barrage of questions about where was Zapf during the near 3 week stand-off over the Torrey pine on Saratoga. At one point Gio had to thump his gavel numerous times, attempting to maintain order.