No position taken yet on One Paseo project, Carmel Valley planning board chair says

By Karen Billing

Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Chair Frisco White addressed concerns about his appearance on a mailer for San Diego County Board of Supervisors candidate Dave Roberts at the Oct. 25 planning board meeting.

The front of the mailer has a photo of White as a community leader in support of Roberts, which he approved, but he was unaware what the content would be on the back of the mailer. The back of the mailer shows a picture of several community members with Roberts and a statement: “Dave Roberts is the only candidate for County Supervisor who will protect the character of our neighborhoods. Dave will stand with us against overdevelopment of the One Paseo site.”

The comment process on the Environmental Impact Report for One Paseo, a mixed-use development planned for El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights, is still ongoing and White clarified that he and the planning board have yet to take a position.

“I do not have an opinion on One Paseo at this time,” said White, noting he would not have an opinion until the final project has been vetted by the planning board.

Marcela Escobar-Eck, a representative for Kilroy Realty and the One Paseo project, was concerned with the perception the flier gave out.

“My clients were concerned about the perception that members of recognized planning groups have already taken a position on the project,” Escobar-Eck said. “We just wanted Frisco to acknowledge the perception it gave that the chair of the planning board is opposed to the project. I’m glad that Frisco said what he did.”

A member of the Roberts’ campaign Steven Hadley, who was in attendance at the Oct. 25 meeting, apologized to White for the misunderstanding.

The One Paseo project is a city project and will not go before San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The San Diego City Council will approve or disapprove the development.