What Some Want Versus What We Need
More than 100 people attended the November 14 virtual meeting of the SLNC Reservoir
Committee, an extremely high number for an advisory committee meeting. The only item
on the agenda was the Silver Lake Recreation Complex Master Plan Draft Environmental
Impact Report (DEIR). After two-plus hours of comments, the overwhelming majority of
those who attended (80 yes to 6 no) supported a motion that would require the SLNC
governing board to hold a special community meeting to discuss the SLRC DEIR before
taking a position. This decision is consistent with prior meetings' outcomes, including the
2019 in-person work group meetings, the more than 400 comments contained in the actual
DEIR, comments expressed during the October 2022 SLNC board meeting and Reservoir
Committee, Bureau Of Engineering meetings, and, most recently, during the Silver Lake
Reservoir Committee meeting.
Although there are some who’d like to “gaslight” Silver Lake residents, and use derogatory
dog whistles like “NIMBY," we are blessed to be a park rich community, including the
Silver Lake Recreation Center, which is and has always been open to ALL. The key
issues that concern the overwhelming majority of residents are quality of life disruptions,
such as noise, traffic/congestion, cost, years of construction, facility closures, and forced
relocation of wildlife. This is a question of what some WANT versus what Silver Lake
NEEDS. Make sure your voice is heard.
There is still time to submit your written comment at the Bureau of Engineering website here.
You don’t have to craft a long statement — a brief and simple sentence stating your
position will suffice and has just as much impact as a lengthy analysis. The comment
period is open until 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2022.