Mtume Salaam 8:43 a.m., May 24
Pictured: Linda Wagner speaking to the media about EyeCandy
Residents have been in an uproar since the nude dancing club, EyeCandy, took up residence on Chula Vista's Bayfront Boulevard. On October 15, a council candidate, Linda Wagner, marched on city hall looking for answers to the myriad of questions raised by the licensing of this establishment.
Before departing on the one-mile walk from EyeCandy to city hall, Wagner said, "I go door to door every day as part of my campaign. Many residents are outraged and I am bringing their questions forward."
According to Wagner, residents want to know: Why, for over a week, has the city said nothing more than "pending an investigation?" What can the city do to get the business moved? Will the issue come before the city council?
When asked if the march to city hall could be perceived as a political strategy, Wagner replied, "If this were part of my campaign, I would have campaign signs here. If people want to construe bringing attention to the legitimate concerns of residents as a campaign ploy, well then I guess they will."
John Knox, who teaches at the Living Coast Discovery Center, (formerly the Chula Vista Nature Center), located across the street from EyeCandy, approached the small gathering of people to express his disappointment: "Children of all ages stand at this shuttle stop every day. They are coming here for classes about nature. They see the EyeCandy Showgirl signs across the street and they can't help but ask questions. Parents will be asking questions soon too."
JoAnne Ward joined the group as well. Ward has worked as a docent for 8 years at Living Coast. She said, "Why can't the city have them move to some other dinky street? I have nothing against this place, just the location. This is the first exit off the freeway to Chula Vista. It's our bayfront."
Meanwhile, across the street at EyeCandy, a business representative who declined to give his name said the enterprise was experiencing a slow afternoon. When asked about the protest, he said "You call that a protest?" However, he affirmed he was all for "freedom."