Shelli DeRobertis 5:08 p.m., June 19
Todd Gloria blocks D3 constituents who express dissent to Plaza de Panama on his Council Facebook page
After two years of being blocked by Todd Gloria from posting on his District 3 Council Facebook page I was suddenly unblocked. I thought Todd had finally decided it was incredibly unprofessional to shut down open dialogue about issues by constituents on his official Council Facebook page, but now I believe it was a fluke. So Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was thrilled to finally be able to voice concerns about the Plaza De Panama project which threatens Balboa Park's National historic status.
I made some comments which were in no way personal attacks. They simply pointed out some very critical implications of the plan. I even posted a comment on behalf of another D3 citizen who had also been blocked by Todd and asked me to post his concern about the project.
I was thrilled on Saturday to see the posts still there. Although I suspect Todd didn't see them until today. Todd's complete silence on the Plaza De Panama issue was a big concern to me. It is likely the most important decision of his time on Council and yet not a word about it. There were several self-congratulatory posts about how he was able to get some roads freshly paved but not a peep about Balboa Park. I wanted to have an open dialogue with other D3 citizens and Todd.
I logged on today, Sunday and all my comments had been erased and I had been blocked from posting any further comments. I think it is more than immature, it is appalling that Council member Todd Gloria blocks people on his COUNCIL Facebook page and shuts down open dialogue about D3 issues like Balboa park. I just want people to know this is how your elected representative, Todd Gloria treats citizens.
Its not like this is his personal page. This is his Council page that he presents as a place to discuss D3 issues. It should be a forum for dialogue and should welcome dissent which is precisely what our Constitution was founded upon. Facebook could be an amazing tool to facilitate Democracy and open discussions about District 3 issues. Instead if you disagree with Todd he silences you.
The citizens that can be heard are citizens that support his actions. Citizens that do not support his actions cannot be heard. It's as simple as that. Sounds like discrimination to me in a BIG way. What if Todd blocked every citizen of a particular race or sex?
Todd's bleeding heart liberalism and devotion to issues like affordable housing, the homeless and PAID parking lots is because he is in the pockets of developers and parking corporations, not because he cares about constituents or what's best for his district. We are in BIG trouble D3. The bottom line is Todd Gloria does NOT represent US. He represents the people paying him. We MUST stand up to this sort of bullying and discrimination by Todd Gloria and our elected leaders!
Keep up on the OPEN dialogue happening on the Plaza de Panama Facebook page. This is the best place to go for updates on action being taken. SOHO needs our help. They need donations to hire attorneys to fight this historic giveaway!!
Please see other District 3 citizens that are expressing strong opposition to this plan.
Jimmy points to the fact that Jacobs spent over a $100k lobbying 8 City Council members to vote on this project, and used his influence with the Lt. Governor to threaten the job of the State Historic Preservation Officer (who was recently fired) because he disagreed with the destructive project.