San Diego City Councilman Mike Gotch's lament about the influence of the rich and powerful (Commentary, April 13) is only a symptom of a far greater malaise: The wimpy council bows to any developer on any issue if it sees money and believes no one is watching. Thanks to Mike, someone is watching.
Mr. Gotch ends with a formula that should work but seldom does: "Speak out. Your voice can make a difference." Speaking out works fine with Mr. Gotch, who has ably demonstrated his responsibility to the community he represents. It also worked with our former mayor. But with Roger Hedgecock gone and Gotch not aspiring to that office, we are left with a council wholly out of tune with environmental issues and what we intend to leave to our children.
Decisions are made by the council that will affect our future--but not for the good of all or even the majority. The myopic vision of the council concerns itself with immediate returns, satisfying a limited few who have the money or the influence to make their voices heard above the citizens who live here and wonder about tomorrow.
Why must decisions be based on the projected growth of a city already confined to a finite space? We hear of limits to water and power, yet no limits on building permits or sewer extensions. We can see smog, but no end to the line of cars jamming our ever-expanding freeways.