We need to elect a Point Loma Town Council that appropriately reflects demographics on the Peninsula, and charge it with promulgating a vision to preserve and restore quality of life on the Peninsula.
The Emerson project and San Diego airport (SAN) flight path expansions show us what we should expect from traditional back-door politics and ad hoc citizen protests.
Kellogg Beach shows us that unless we organize better, this will continue to plague our community because we must organize unpaid labor for each new proposal, while developers can budget it.
Our Peninsula Community Planning Board carries little political weight, has no authority and is limited in scope.
Emerson, Kellogg, flight path expansion and gridlocked “interstate” highways are all evidence of what happens to quality of life when communities are less important than development to municipal leaders and since their election campaigns are financed mostly by contributions from developers, unless we change that process, it’s all we should expect from our city council member and mayor and the Port Commissioners and Airport Board, all of whom are appointed by city councils. What you see (and hear) is what you get.
Kellogg Beach is a poster child for the problem, but Emerson, and Navy and commercial jets screaming over neighborhoods–they’re all ludicrous examples of complete disregard for our quality of life.
When health and even economic sustainability take a back seat to development in municipal government, neighborhoods must be organized (in advance) to respond effectively to each new thrust for building without regard for impacts, whether by SAN, downtown condos, SANDAG or real estate speculations that increase traffic, and degrade the environment and our quality of life.
A town council will provide the currently missing political framework for addressing any proposals that threaten to impact our quality of life. It will also support our ability to invest in solutions to existing problems of traffic, public safety and so on.
Unless we create an effective means of local control and representation of community interests, we are foolish not to be concerned about the future of La Playa and Roseville. The real estate investor’s place at the table is paid for by campaign contributions and the city government wants to increase tax revenue. They’ve made downtown into a fantasyland for midwestern provincial tastes, what will they do here?
To get the Port to restore and preserve our beaches; to get SAN to operate within boundaries of its conditional use permit and to ensure that new (pedestrian and transportation) mobility infrastructure is provided before approving increased density in view of current zoning, we need an elected town council.
We need the town council simply because individually or as neighbors banding together occasionally to protest in letter writing campaigns, we’re unable to maintain a constant safeguard to preserve and restore our quality of life and meet pressure from developers and a municipal government that promotes growth for tax revenue and from the U. S. Navy, whose operations needlessly and thoughtlessly shatter the peace of residential neighborhoods.
(Note: A town council requires no money from SANDAG, nor decisions by city, state or federal bodies.)
“We know what a masquerade all development is…In fact the world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome dubious eggs called possibilities.” —George Elliott, Middlemarch, London 1871