Architecture and Politics

An open letter to the Architectural Board of Review members who abstained from voting on the Chick-fil-A project.

Gentlemen: Your decisions as members of the city’s Architectural Board of Review must be made on the basis of design and other architectural matters, as spelled out in the City Charter. I suggest you review the Charter to better understand your duties.

At the meeting of the ABR on August 6, 2012, and the previous consent meeting, you made it clear that you were unable to make objective decisions on a matter before you because of your political views.

Unless you can overcome this short-coming and reconsider all matters based on legitimate ABR review criteria, I request your resignation from the ABR, effective immediately.

We cannot have applicants believe that the fate of their projects depends on their political outlook. Ours is a city that welcomes diverse views, even those with which we may not agree.

Frank Hotchkiss is a member of the Santa Barbara City Council

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