Mark Kindt wrote:Mark Kindt wrote:Why has Lakewood adopted economic development policies that exclude the majority of residents from new luxury housing supported with major public assets, public funds, and public land?
I pose this question for those elected officials and candidates for Lakewood public office who run as Democrats or who run under Democratic Party or labor union endorsements.
Since Mr. Baker has previously responded to this question, I am not addressing this question to those who identify as either Republicans or Independents.
How and why did we cannibalize public health care assets for commercial development that no ordinary citizen of Lakewood can afford?
I'd really like to get some sense of how actual Democrats in office or running for office can explain this public policy goal and public policy outcome.
Obviously, the first answer will be in the "Dog ate my homework" category.
That is, the Clinic made us do it.
Well Democrats that answer can only go so far.
The Clinic did not make us tear down our hospital building, spend $7 million dollars of public money to clear the land and then donate the land to the developer for $1.00.
Democrats you did that on your own.
And, worse you have no explanation for the public policy goals or the public policy outcomes that can pass any smell-test on this.
Well, what's even worse is that the answer is just another "Dog ate my homework" answer.
That is, our former mayor made us do it.
Democrats, if we really tore down our hospital and gave the land away for $1.00 to benefit Mr. Fitzgerald's client, we should all just go home. As citizens, we are just wasting our time here.