Councilmember Frye Releases Final Issue of Frye Lights; Thanks Community for Honor to Serve
2010-11-23 · By Editor
It’s been almost a decade since I was first elected to serve as your District Six Councilmember. During that time, we have accomplished a lot together. We have made government more open and accountable, reduced the number of closed-door meetings, increased public participation and changed the City Charter to make it easier to obtain government information.
We’ve worked to improve our neighborhoods, including the opening of the Mission Valley and Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa branch libraries, a fire station in Mission Valley, the expansion of Tecolote Nature Center, upgrade of playgrounds for children, dedicating Ruffin Canyon as open space and providing turfing at Carson Elementary in Linda Vista, to name but a few.
We’ve instituted traffic-calming measures to slow down speeders, repaired streets and side- walks, planted trees, enacted clean-water laws, implemented solar and energy-efficient initiatives, protected industrial lands, conserved water and reduced sewer spills.
Most importantly, we have worked together. And while we may not have agreed on every issue, we treated each other with courtesy and respect and listened to each other’s point of view. That’s how communities solve problems.
When necessary, however, I spoke out against the popular opinion at the time and took the actions necessary to make sure the public was informed. That included boycotting closed session until the permanent Rules of Council were changed, requiring transcripts of all closed-session meetings, listening to whistle-blowers such as Diann Shipione and voting against increasing pension benefits, issuing a summons to the Mayor’s staff to appear before the Council on mandatory recycling when they refused to do so, filing Public Records Act requests, and asking questions of city staff in public so that there was a permanent record of their response.
There have been lots of controversial issues to vote on and I did my best to stay true to my core beliefs and values, and what I believed was in the best interest of the public. In these debates – including living wage, gay marriage, auditor independence, developments like Sunroad or Quarry Falls, treating and reusing recycled sewage water, strong mayor and, most recently, opposing the lifting of CCDC’s tax-increment cap without a public process – for the most part, we managed to keep the dialogue civil and be respectful of one another.
My staff and I have been honored to serve you and thank you for allowing us to do so. We have always tried to remember that we are public servants who work for you.
This is our last issue of Frye Lights, and we have compiled some highlights of the past years. We appreciate all the community groups, individuals and City staff who have been so generous with their time – volunteering and working together to make our city and District Six a great place in which to live, work and play.
Thank you to all of you.
Donna and staff