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Letter to the Editor: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT NOT THE ONLY WAY FOR CITIES TO GROW REVENUE

Editor, Times-Advocate:

I read your October 26 editorial of the above title.  While I appreciate having a local paper again, I have heard rumor that it is financed by real estate interests, possibly including the Crews family.  While this is not wrong in and of itself, I think as readers that if it is true, it would be wrong not to disclose it in bold print on your editorial page.

As to the specifics of your editorial, real estate development is not the only kind of growth cities can use to grow revenue and you make no case that development revenues exceed the costs attached to the city of maintaining the infrastructure that such development creates.  Some would argue the opposite and that even when it does cover explicit costs, development generates non-financial costs borne by the rest of us such as traffic and pollution, i.e. the tragedy of the commons.

Second, you make the claim that the same people asking for “goodies” from the city are the ones that oppose development but you give no examples to back your case.  This leads me to suspect you may have little information to support this.  If that is the case, you should give these people the same courtesy you give to developers in saying you have no way of knowing about kickbacks.

ALEX SHERER, DVM, Escondido

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Editor—The Times-Advocate has not been owned by Kelly Crews for about two years now. Our company does nothing but do newspapers. It has no interest in real estate. We come by our opinions honestly.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

One response to “Letter to the Editor: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT NOT THE ONLY WAY FOR CITIES TO GROW REVENUE”

  1. Alex MacLachlan says:

    Mr. Sherer,
    While you were making baseless and uninformed accusations towards this newspaper, you forgot to support your own statement of “real estate development not the only way for cities to grow revenue.” So, while accusing this newspaper of “having little information to support your case”, you forgot to grace us with your wisdom of growing city revenue streams. Please do, so we can do it like a Veterinarian would.

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