The Widder Curry: Sarah Boot on Our Streets and Height Limits

by on May 15, 2014 · 8 comments

in Election, Environment, Ocean Beach, Politics, San Diego

Sara at Jungle JavaEditor: The other day the Widder Curry caught up with Sarah Boot, candidate for the District 2 City Council seat and explored two issues that mean a lot in southern OB and that area of Point Loma where the Widder lives. See our earlier interview with Boot last month here.

By Judi Curry

For those of us living along the Sunset Cliffs corridor, I have a question for you. When was the last time you were able to leave your home and go directly to the Highway 8 on-ramp without being detoured around Ocean Beach? Yesterday it took me over 10 minutes to get to the freeway because of the streets that were blocked off – again – and detour signs were everywhere.

When I came home from my excursion to El Cajon, the detour signs were gone but the roads from Newport to Santa Cruz were so bumpy I thought my car would end up with flat tires. That, plus the steel plates all over the road only tell me that today will be the same way, and probably for weeks to come.

What about the streets in OB?

I discussed this problem with Sarah Boot, the 32 year old that will make a difference in San Diego politics.  So what does she suggest for the roads of District 2?

As Boot has researched the problem, she found that many other cities – and countries, for that matter – utilize software systems wherein streets are numbered and prioritized as to work that needs to be done. All of the different departments work together in completing these projects so that a project is completed before the next one is demolished. The contractors work together instead of each one doing his own thing, and the residents in the area can look at a map on-line and know when their street – or route – is going to be under construction so they can plan an alternate way of leaving their house.

The effort is based on “coordination” – which is a more efficient way and healthier way for the residents to survive. The conflict between departments would be eliminated and the projects completed in a much more timely manner than is currently done now.

The Bay Park proposed height change

The Bay Park proposed height change has many of those neighbors riled up. Bay Park is part of District 2; is not designated as a “Coastal” area which means it does not have the same protection that coastal cities have. In fact, the City Council can change the height restriction without any input from the constituents of the area; and they can make the change themselves at a regular City Council Meeting.

Sarah is opposed to changing the height limitations. Can you imagine what it would be like to drive down Morena Blvd. to find 60’ high condominiums wall to wall as far as you can see? Sure, the trolley will be a nice addition, as will a few small restaurants in the area, but 60 foot condo’s. Are we going to turn that area into another Miami Beach?

A Voice of San Diego article suggested that one of Sarah’s opponents – Lori Zapf – was “wishy-washy”(my words) on her views of this change. At a meeting held January 24, Zapf said that the plan was good idea. She said that

“ . . . we have a trolley that will go along Morena Blvd., but up until now we haven’t had planning there. We need to look at a plan with more height and density and less parking than we see there today.”

However, at the April 16th candidate forum in Pacific Beach, Boot said that:

“ . . . Zapf was in favor of the plan, points to her comments to the apartment association on January 24th.”

Zapf responded by saying,

“ Yeah, I did say that . . . And the reason is, SANDAG projects we’re going to have a huge influx of population in the next few decades. So there are areas in our city where we’re going to have to look at raising some of the height limits, additional density and less parking. Because why are we doing all this transit, if we’re all just going to all just have two cars and still require two parking spaces for everything? It just doesn’t make any sense.”

So, m question to you, the reader, is this: Does Lori Zapf have an opinion on this made by her, or is she parroting what others are telling her to say?

It’s like standing with one hand in hot water and the other hand in icy water, and the brain does not know how to react. I, for one, do not really know where she stands, but I have this dreadful feeling that I may be thrown under the bus if I vote for her.

Sarah has spent the last year getting out into the community; knocking on doors; addressing community groups. She is keeping track of the issues that are of concern for the residents of District 2. She is ready to start getting things done; she is ready to start neighborhood projects to benefit the District. She is ready to help small business merchants eliminate some of the conflicting messages coming their way when applying for permits; she is ready to be supportive and not divisive.

It is no secret that I support Sarah; it’s time for the “little people” to get a fair deal. I think Sarah is the one that will be able to do that for us.



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

OB Mercy May 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Sarah’s had my vote since day 1.


judi curry May 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Good Choice!


nostalgic May 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Lori Zapf gets her money from the Lincoln Club. Look at the flyers you are getting and see who is sending them. She has money for a lot of flyers. A good investment on the part of Lori’s supporters. Please take the time to vote, and vote for Sarah.


want2surf May 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Three solid years of noise, discourteous and rude subcontractors, property damage, equipment parked in front of where we live, and huge wastes of water running down our streets by people with no incentive to do anything faster or coordinated. And through all of that, no help or answers from our former rep and current mayor.
Zapf would be more of the same – and worse. The Point Loma side of the peninsula will show up to vote for her.
The OB/Cliffs side of the peninsula needs to get up and vote for Sarah in big numbers. She’s been around, understands and will be our voice.


judi curry May 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Want2 – I tried to get from my house to Hwy 8 yesterday. Normally it takes me 7 minutes to do so. It took me 22 minutes this time. Why? Every fricking street was blocked off for some reason. Couldn’t get on Sunset Cliffs from Pt. Loma Ave; couldn’t get to Ebers; couldn’t get on to Froud; couldn’t drive up Pt. Loma Avenue; ended up having to take Moana off of Santa Barbara to get to Catalina. It wouldn’t be so bad if this was the first time I had to do this, but it has been going on for months! (I really think it has been years but far be it from me to exaggerate.) This is absolutely unnecessary. Sarah has a plan for the construction of these roads; these pipes; these wires. It’s time a change was made from Kevin – and Lori -; lets start living the life that is healthy – the dust is everywhere – helping the environment, etc. Sarah has answers. Let’s give her the chance to put her plans into action.


Christo May 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm

OB is not alone in this. I drive from Del Mar and SSC to drop off my daughters at a daycare by Fresh & Easy and getting out has been a nightmare. Besides the construction Judi was talking about, Talbot has been closed for months. Pipeline project on Canon. Resurfacing on Nimitz. Construction on Catalina.
I was really late a couple times last week.

And we all know some project will tear this new surface up within a year….


nostalgic May 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

I wonder if anybody has been totally trapped by street closures? Yesterday I was detoured from my house – turned right. Up the street, turned left, turned right, few blocks, different closure, different detour. Off in a new direction. Another one! One escape route left, took it, got back to a main street. Saved by one exit. Had that been blocked, I guess I would have had to go home. Sarah, we need you to get the City organized!


Stucky May 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Suck it up folks. Our infrastructure is falling apart and needs to be replaced. If you like your electricity, toilets, gas, and running water then you’ll have to put up with some inconvenience.


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