Paul MacNamara’s Campaign Platform is impressive. Two central proposals Paul proposes is to focus on: upgraded Climate Action Plan for Escondido, and investment in public infrastructure, besides funding for police and fire. MacNamara’s vision for Escondido wants ongoing funding for programs and services that expand quality of life for Escondido residents.)
Paul MacNamara proposes fiscal restraint, and ending the days of subsidies to developers, with Fee Credits, Fee Waivers or Reductions, and incentive giveaways without proof of ‘community benefit’ (other than mere rhetoric by consultants retained by developers saying project creates good jobs.)
City has undercharged for decade (2008 – 2018), and most recent fee increase (Dec. 2017) doesn’t even cover actual impact costs to upgrade public infrastructure that gets passed onto existing taxpayers, that causes irreparable taxpayer harm.
For over a decade since 2005, Escondido’s fiscal policies and practices failed to collect enough revenue, to offset foreseeable future CalPERS deficit projections. The pension crises was not NEW in 2017 when City Council outsourced Escondido’s only remaining Public Library on pretense to save money. But Escondido City Council majority failed to prudently manage City’s fiscal assets for over a decade, by frequent approvals of impact fee reductions, and failure to collect enough revenue from Wireless Service Providers on City Property Leases, or Encroachment Permits. Since 2006, Escondido failed to apply sufficient internal oversight of City’s fiscal assets, and land use decisions that led to multiple expensive lawsuits that Escondido lost in 2006, 2013, 2014 that cost taxpayers far more than $2 million.
I also concur with Candidate Vanessa Valenzuela (District 2) that Escondido’s Annual Budget Cycles, and 5 year Budget Plan should be overseen by Budget Subcommittee, with citizen participation during early stages, far before public hearing stages, after decisions were already made.
PATRICIA BORCHMANN, Escondido
Editor—The newspaper is aware that the mayoral candidate’s name is spelled McNamara. The letter writer here is using a different spelling to emphasize the “Mac” part of his name as in “Vote for Mac.”