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