Although more than 1,000 people came to Santa Maria City Hall recently to urge the City Council not to change the zoning of a small parcel of land at McCoy and Depot in Santa Maria, they did.
The zoning change was designed to accommodate a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility. Councilwoman Terri Zuniga was the only one to vote against it both times it came before the council.
Two weeks later, nearly 3,000 people came to the Fairpark to urge the Planning Commission not to approve a permit for construction of the facility. Yet they did.
When this many people are opposed, why move forward with these changes? Why not conclude that this use is incompatible with the neighborhood? Why not get answers to all the many questions before taking action?
We had a lot of questions then, and do now.