Re: your April 14 article, â€śDeveloper to seek voter approval for projectâ€?:
I was saddened to see this article, but not surprised. It was too good to be true that Rotkin Real Estate Group would accept the fact that they are not needed nor wanted in Westlake Village.
What I find interesting is that Westlake Village United wanted it to go to ballot and Rotkin Real Estate Group was adamantly opposed. What do they have up their sleeves now?
First, letâ€™s get the facts straight. The Star claims Rotkin wanted approval for the development of a restaurant and retail center featuring a Loweâ€™s home improvement store. The only thing presented before the council was the development of a 168,700-square-foot retail center. There was nothing that indicated the builder was required to build the other â€śrestaurant and retail center.â€? It was just a ploy to get the zoning changed and nothing more. Thank God two of the council people had the common sense to see through the smoke and mirrors.
Then Chuck Rotkin says he has had people stop him on the street to voice their approval. Chuck lives in Newport Beach! Does he come to Westlake Village on weekends to walk his dog and have conversations with the residents?
This is the wrong place to put a big box. The small businesses that will be put under by another corporate conglomerate is yet another matter. They donâ€™t care about our fair city other than wanting more money for themselves. The City of Westlake says it needs the tax dollars â€” what, so they can spend more money on expensive copper boats on stack stone entrances? Remember, greed and gluttony are two of the seven deadly sins.
How many can honestly look at the north side of the freeway and say theyâ€™re happy with all the development and traffic? Itâ€™s already a nightmare, and all of the new buildings havenâ€™t even opened. Please join me in voting against this bloated bureaucratic bunch.
â€” Cheryl Tabbi, Westlake Village