This email from Linda Benson has been circulating all day. It addresses the rumor that she had decided to do the right thing and stop pursuing the controversial Swamis contest:
I've just been contacted by Tanya Mannes the Union Tribune writer of yesterday's article on the contest. She wanted to confirm if I had, indeed, decided to not go forward with the event. I was surprised. In the comment section, Gary Baum's communication to the Club membership was quoted stating that due to the split in the community over the contest, I had decided to withdraw.
What I agreed to last night talking to Gary was that it was probably in the best interest of the Club for Dan Dalager and I not to attend Tuesday evening. The Club is not a public forum and the opposition was rallying people to attend. The City Council is the place for such a public forum. I stated last night that I had not yet made any decision about the event.
Gary and I have just spoken and he will clarify to the members that a decision has not been made to withdraw from pursuing the event. He had a different impression of our conversation.
I just wanted you to know that I haven't made a decision about the event. If I do, I certainly will let people know in my own way.
Dan had been quoted as saying people shouldn’t mount opposition to a project “before they have any idea what the facts are.”
What facts are we missing? We won't know if Dan and Linda do not show up to tell us.
This meeting would have been the perfect time to explain to the opposition what it is they misunderstand. Now, the opposition will only grow as it is looking like Linda does not want to publicly address questions about this contest. Dan certainly knows that a council meeting will be a place where Linda will not have to answer questions from the public. Dan and Linda should reconsider.
Send Dan an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ask him to fill you in on the important facts to consider.