Commentary: Be Straight With Us and Don't Play Games

And politicians wonder why we don't always trust or appreciate them. Hey, I'm all for the ...

And politicians wonder why we don't always trust or appreciate them.

Hey, I'm all for the people's right to choose and I respect our obligation to abide by those elected by majority rule. The people in political office should be supported by the populace. But c'mon, elected officials, you gotta work with us.

We can't support you if we can't understand what the heck you're saying. Most of us are not a fan of grandstanding from behind the dais. State your position, briefly and clearly, and move on. Tell the truth, don't contradict yourself, and be efficient in the way you help other politicians do business.

Wednesday night's Menifee City Council meeting was another example of how convoluted arguments and wasted breath fuel the flames of negative public opinion about those who are elected to serve.

First, we have to back up a couple months, to the city council meeting of May 21. At the end of the evening, when suggestions for future agenda items were being considered, Deputy Mayor Wallace Edgerton (above) asked for a future agenda item be brought forth on the subject of minimum lot sizes in Menifee. The motion was seconded by council member Tom Fuhrman. According to the minutes of that meeting, "It was agreed the item would be added in July or August and to return as a discussion item only, with no staff report."

Fast forward to the city council meeting of Aug. 6, when the item was placed on the agenda by staff as directed. As listed on that agenda, the item was to be a "discussion of minimum lot sizes for the city -- deputy mayor request for discussion only."

It was no surprise that Edgerton would want to discuss minimum lot sizes. With support from fellow council member Greg August (left), Edgerton was successful in getting developers from Brookfield Homes to adjust the plot plan for the newest planned phase of Audie Murphy Ranch, allowing for more lots of 5,000 square feet or more. Edgerton has been outspoken in his concern about high-density housing in the city.

What was surprising was the fact that Edgerton came to the Aug. 6 meeting prepared from the get-go to not only discuss minimum lot sizes, but to make a motion to establish a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet for future developments in the city. Not 5,000, not 10,000, but 15,000. After taking several minutes to read a four-page prepared statement, Edgerton turned a discussion item into an action item by making a motion to place for a vote on the next meeting agenda the following proposals:

-- All future housing developments must have a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet.

-- A moratorium on any further development of apartments shall take effect immediately.

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