Pro Prop J rhetoric divisive, distorted

I find the rhetoric of the pro Prop J to be divisive. In their mailer they accuse the “No on J” residents of deception, falsehoods, and dishonesty. By contrast, are the supporters of Prop J the bearers of gospel truth? There are other legitimate and ethical perspectives on the seven items the pro people have raised, as follows:

  1. CLAIM: Prop J will “result in overdevelopment.”

Pro J’s like to equate the Bird Rock with Del Mar. This is not only comparing apples to oranges, but more like apples to stones. The Bird Rock has little bearing on Del Mar. The following are but three reasons:
A. Del Mar is the major artery for leaving and entering Freeway 5. Bird Rock is no such feeder.

B. Del Mar has the racetrack and fair traffic. Bird Rock has no such congestion.

C. Del Mar’s goal has always been to preserve our village atmosphere. Bird Rock wanted a more commercial atmosphere.

Let us wait and see Solana Beach’s experience and learn from their successes and/or failures.

Do we want to be more like Solana Beach or retain our unique Del Mar culture?

  1. CLAIM: Prop J will “double air pollution.”

A 28 percent increase in FAR will definitely lead to more cars and congestion. If the VSP’s objective is to bring in more tourist dollars, that definitely means more tourist cars. Pros have no monopoly on common sense as stated in their mailing. However, they do lack an analytical mind. It is like stating that if you jump off the Empire State Building, 99 percent of the journey is safe, without analyzing the final consequence.

  1. CLAIM: Prop J will “eliminate views of the ocean, sky and trees.”

Talking about common sense, don’t taller buildings block more sunlight and views? Moreover, how equitable is it to give property owners on the west side a 28 percent bonanza and zilch to the owners on the east side of 101?
Regarding the Design Review Board: Where was it during the encroachment of the restaurants onto our public sidewalks? They had full authority to do their important job, but were bypassed by the City Council. The same thing can happen with the VSP.

  1. CLAIM: Prop J will “result in overdevelopment.”

A 28 percent increase in FAR is huge! Think in terms of your own home. If Prop J were really resident oriented we should all have the option to increase our home’s FAR by 28 percent. My family would be delighted — all my children and grandchildren can stay with us under the same roof. Besides, I could add a separate residence for about $100,000 to $150,000 and add $1,000,000 to the value of my property. That is exactly what is offered to the commercial property owners/developers on the west side of 101.
Whether they are voting citizens or not, commercial property owners will spend a mint to promote Prop J, and rightfully so, due to the huge profits involved.

  1. CLAIM: Prop J will “reduce property values.”

That will mainly be determined by the general economy. Under President Carter’s 18 percent interest rate and Bush’s deficits for unpaid wars, the real estate market crashed.

  1. CLAIM: Prop J will “cost taxpayers $12 million.”

Proponents say that this $12 million will be paid for by the state and federal governments. It is far more realistic to state that Prop J may be partially funded by the state and the federal governments. As of now Del Mar has not seen a dime! If the federal government is unable to provide for the needs of our brave wounded warriors, who is willing to guarantee funds for a relatively prosperous Del Mar?
If we are indeed funded by the state, under measure B, if the VSP passes, we will lose local control of our city’s development. Please note the excellent letter by Sharon Feierabend in this newspaper’s Sept. 27, 2012 issue.

  1. CLAIM: Several former mayors oppose Prop J.

The proponents distort the history of development in our city. The initial opposition to the Del Mar Plaza by the former mayors, councilmen and residents of Del Mar, led not only to a significant reduction of the FAR, but a superior resident oriented Plaza, with a market and open spaces. This development clearly demonstrated the significance of our Del Mar process, and the caring concern of our citizens and the enlightened developers.
I grant the proponents of Prop J a sincere desire to help the city with additional revenues and at the same time enrich the west side property owners and developers.

Maneck S. Wadia, Ph.D

Del Mar