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Councilmember Sandke Continues To Politically Grandstand

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:57 am

I was surprised to learn that Councilmember Sandke, while representing Coronado at SANDAG in 2018, voted in support of the policy that may now result in an increase of 1,800 housing units in Coronado. What was even more shocking is that the minutes from the meeting show he actually voted for the measure not once, but twice. 

The public comment portion of the SANDAG meeting was filled with developers and labor unions demanding that the SANDAG Board vote to increase density throughout San Diego County. Councilmember Sandke decided to pander to the developers and labor unions at the expense of Coronado. 

Fast-forward to the most recent City Council meeting where the issue of 5G antennae were discussed. Although every single City Councilmember sympathized with the public’s concern, the city attorney advised them that, due to state and federal regulations, there were no legal findings that could be made to justify denial of the applications. If the applications were denied, ATT would prevail in court, the antennae would be installed, and Coronado would be forced to pay ATT’s legal bills.

When the votes came in, only Councilmember Sandke voted against the applications as he let out a hearty “he he he.” During the recess that immediately followed the discussion, Councilmember Sandke told a resident that “we can’t deny it,” in reference to the 5G antennae applications. This was clear admission of political pandering that risked dragging the city of Coronado into a major lawsuit that Coronado couldn’t win.

Once the voting finished, Mayor Bailey could be heard saying “horse sh**,” presumably in reference to Councilmember Sandke’s vote. While I don’t agree with using profanity, I do think Mayor Bailey was in the right to call-out Councilmember Sandke for political pandering.

Mayor Bailey and Councilmembers Benzian, Donovan, and Heinze are to be commended for the principled approach that they took addressing the contentious 5G antennae issue and their consistent opposition to increasing density in our town.

I hope that Councilmember Sandke will take his job more seriously in the future as these votes are nothing to laugh about.

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