About 30 people attended the meeting hosted by Save Laguna Views, which had publicized the meeting in letters mailed to 5,700 registered voters. The organizers proposed a survey as a first step in forcing the city to revise the ordinance if enough support was shown.
"I would think that the mailer was a survey," then-Mayor Elizabeth Schneider. "And the number of people who showed up for the meeting is an indication of how difficult it would be to get a majority vote for changes in the ordinance."
Dave Connell, an avid supporter of a stronger view ordinance, said about 40 view preservationists spent hundreds of hours studying the ordinance, found it lacking and presented their own version. "We generated a perfect ordinance," Connell said. "It was presented, but it wasn't ever read."