Why won’t the No on Prop J group debate the issues?

Whether you support or oppose Prop J in Del Mar, everyone agrees the choice voters make in November will have a big impact on our city’s future, favorably in my opinion.   So I was very disappointed to learn that opponents of Prop J have refused an invitation from the Del Mar Times to participate in a televised debate. If opponents believe the claims they’ve made are factual and defensible, I assume they would welcome a chance to present them to interested voters.  The fact that leaders of the No on J  group refused to debate the issues should cause every undecided voter in town to question the credibility of opponents’ claims.

The City Council and the leaders of Yes on J gladly accept the invitation to debate and get the facts out. It appears the No Group would prefer to ignore the facts and plant factually incorrect information in order to raise fear among residents. To me this is unconscionable in light of all the work that has been done (staff time and consultants), the public outreach program (90 pubic meetings) and the tax payer money expended ($500K-plus) to arrive at what I feel is a very balanced plan to revitalize the Village.

I will be voting with supporters of Prop J, which include 100 percent of our City Council members and 100 percent of our Planning Commission members. The City Council and Planning Commission members are made up of dedicated Del Mar citizens, just like you. They studied this issue extensively over two-plus years using top traffic engineers and other consultants. After all the studies, meetings and public input, why would 100 percent of the Council vote for something that would negatively impact the town they live in?

The Council had the courage to move forward to approve an executable planning document to improve downtown. By contrast, the many previous “studies” on the Village upgrade just sit on the shelf. Also, Prop J has been endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the North County Bicycle Association and  the Walk San Diego program.

Let’s finally get something positively done downtown and vote Yes on Prop J.

Howard Gad, Del Mar
Del Mar

Related posts:

  1. Attempts to hold Prop J debate fall through
  2. Get the Facts: Vote ‘Yes’ on Prop J and stop Village decay
  3. Prop J supporters base claims on factual evidence
  4. For the patients of Del Mar, vote ‘Yes’ on Prop H
  5. Prop J is the best way to put Del Mar back on track for the future

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=41295

Posted by Staff on Oct 18, 2012. Filed under Letters, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • New Rancho Santa Fe Library Branch Manager welcomes community input
    Rancho Santa Fe Library’s new Branch Manager Haley Kwon has been charmed by the village’s “sweet, down-home” character, the simple pleasure of visiting the local library and people’s enjoyment of a slower speed of time. “It’s a small town and the library is a place for people to connect,” Kwon said. “People have a different sense of time here, they come in t […]
  • Robotics booming at Rancho Santa Fe School
    By Karen Billing At R. Roger Rowe School, 44 percent of first graders are participating in the robotics program this year. The school is fielding 44 robotics teams, including 31 percent of second grade, 23 percent of third grade, 35 percent of fourth grade and 39 percent of fifth grade. In the middle school, there are two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams and fi […]
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices honored with Stevie Gold Award
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was recently named Startup of the Year in the 2014 American Business Awards, earning the brokerage the Stevie Gold award. The award was presented at the Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is among a select few organizations to be entrusted with the Berkshire Hathaway name,” co […]