Councilman Ron Edinger received loud applause and shouts of approval from many in an audience of about 400 at a special council meeting this evening when he made four motions to limit the reach of proposed McEuen Field changes, including his call for a public vote. However, only one of his four motions received a second and passed -- to remove Tubbs Hill from the discussion of McEuen Field changes. Edinger said he supported a scaled-down plan but not the one "grandiose" one presented by Team McEuen, which will cost an estimated $23M to $40M. Edinger received a second from Councilman Mike Kennedy for his motion to remove Tubbs Hill from the McEuen Field planning process and a unanimous vote from the council. Kennedy amended the original motion to request that the Parks & Recreation Commission, citizens, of disability, and Tubbs Hill Foundation work together for the rest of the year to present a comprehensive plan to improve and protect Tubbs Hill. But Edinger failed to get a second for his separate motions to remove the 3rd Street docks and the American Legion field from the McEuen Field makeover plans. Also, he didn't get a second for his motion to allow a public vote. His comments and motions were cheered repeatedly by about 60-70 individuals who were wearing white shirts and blouses and holding "public vote" signs.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.