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Letter to the Editor: SLOW DOWN RAPID GROWTH AND MANAGE THE MONSTER

Editor, Times-Advocate:

How is it that our elected officials, after year’s of uncontrolled and poorly managed growth, could ever consider placing the burden of their bad decisions once again on the backs of their constituents?  Here we go again with yet another creative tax!!  To me a logical position would be to slow down our rapid growth and come up with real solutions for managing this monster that has taken years to create.  

I attended hundreds of City Council meetings between 1969 and 2007 while working for a local municipality.  During many of these meetings I would watch smooth talking developers sell their projects to eager politicians who wanted to expand their particular City’s tax base.  Whenever the public questioned or protested the particular project with concerns of added traffic; inadequate infrastructure to support the added growth; impacts on schools, parks, libraries, etc., the answer was always the same……….”Well the developer will be required to improve the streets within a short distance of the project and/or they are also going to add a signalized intersection.  They will pay the required fees, such as; School, Park Development, Public Art and others.  Often, however, these fees would be greatly reduced.  Trust us there will be no negative impact was often the Council’s response”.  

Well guess what?  All you have to do is look at the entire County to see what these bad decisions have created.  Gridlock on most of our roads and highways is now the norm.  I say enough is enough.  Tell our elected officials we are sick and tired of their lack of vision and leadership.  Lets solve our failing, and/or inadequate infrastructure before we add more living dwellings. 

DON ANDERSON, Escondido

One response to “Letter to the Editor: SLOW DOWN RAPID GROWTH AND MANAGE THE MONSTER”

  1. Don Davidson says:

    Amen, Brother. We in Valley Center have been and are going through exactly this same scenario.

    When I first moved into our wonderful peaceful community we could boast to the highest citrus production, second highest avocado production, and fastest growing agriculture-based (at least 6 dairies, 12 egg/chicken farms, multiple walnut/nut groves, etc.) economy in California if not in the United States. Our Community Character was God, family, community and agriculture, in that order, with growth under the advisement of the Farm Bureau and very little input or regulation from the county or state. Literally, we had a thriving vibrant community. That was 1967.

    Then the politicians moved in and took over all in the name advancement and growth of our community. Over the last three decades, the politicians within the VC Municipal Water Board and County Supervisors Office have systematically raised/change our taxes, rates, regulations, and zoning. The result of their efforts to “advance and grow” our wonderful vibrant community is the disappearance of all of our dairies, almost all of our egg/chicken farms, and almost every citrus/avocado orchard. The only things that seem to have grown and advanced have been the billfolds of the members of the Water Board, County Supervisors, Realtors, and housing Developers. We have a Planning Group, who’s members have to be approved by the County Supervisors, which appear to be puppets of the County and developers. The residents of Valley Center have been notified that we need “revitalization” and rescue from our “economic blithe”, all the result of these politicians and opportunists, by the introduction of 5 new shopping centers, at least 3000 housing units (high density middle and especially low-income housing), and an estimated 30,000 new residents among many other “improvements” to our community that we do not have a vote on and do not want.

    I lived through the County’s “revitalization” plans during the 1970s, with the introduction of the San Diego Country Estates in Ramona and the “affordable” housing east of Rose in Escondido, and I heard the same lame reasoning being stated by the politicians, Realtors, and developers as is being used in Valley Center today. What did result was and is a major increase in crime, grid-lock traffic and accidents on every access point in and out of the cities, and an unkept infrastructure of streets unless the residents agree to doubled property taxes or increased high density low-income housing developments on their street. I work in the Ramona area and most of the Estates, and Escondido, are communal housing with 3 or 4 families living in each dwelling.

    We need to make and keep our politicians and officials accountable financially, and otherwise, for the purposeful economical blithe of our communities rather than allowing them to receive incentives/payoffs from other politicians, Realtors, and developers.

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