In short, if you want additional "open spaces," pay for it yourselves and stop trying to loot it from others in the form of a vote in which you hide behind ("Group seeks open spaces," April 22).
Regarding the use of a poll to support this drive, I, as a Laguna Beach property owner, was not asked for my opinion. Furthermore, how many were polled and replied in favor who are not property owners and will not be forced to pay this egregious additional annual tax for 20 years if it were to pass? Like politicians, non-owners voting for this tax will be long gone while owners will still be stuck paying the extortion.
Furthermore, not only would I be forced to pay for these "open space parcels" but also to maintain and protect them from fire. In addition, my additional tax monies would be used to pay Laguna elected officials to put the initiative on a ballot and administer it if should pass. "City Atty. Philip Kohn has two weeks to prepare a ballot title and a 500-word summary," Barbara Diamond wrote in April 22's Coastline Pilot. "Authority for making acquisitions would rest with elected officials, who are also required to appoint a watch-dog committee that would issue an annual report on the use of tax funds," according to the Laguna Independent of April 19.