Some days ago I received a letter from Mark Lee, the developer who proposes to build over twenty luxury homes on a picturesque hillside off Las Positas Road. Surprisingly, Mr. Lee thanks me “for joining our campaign for Measure Y” even though I am one of the signers of the official ballot argument against that measure. Such errors can of course occur if you are running a huge mail and phone campaign. Who knows, the campaign staff may even be paid according to the number of people who appear to have been swayed by their efforts.
So I worry that a list of supporters about to be published may include me. To avoid misunderstandings, let me state below five of the reasons why I support — NOT Mr. Lee’s project but the campaign to Say No to Measure Y:
- If approved by the voters, Measure Y would give away a strategic piece of public parkland so that a new road and a two-lane vehicular bridge can be built across Arroyo Burro creek to the site of Mr. Lee’s proposed private development.
- The city’s environmental analysis determined that the construction of the proposed road and bridge would destroy large mature trees and cause unmitigable damage to wildlife near and along Arroyo Burro creek.
- Furthermore, Mr. Lee’s offer to “improve” a small section of the creek would delay or preclude any comprehensive project that could leverage already approved hotel bed taxes toward grants available for maintaining our watersheds.
- Likewise, Mr. Lee’s offer of a “safe route to the beach” is a very mixed blessing. Kids and adults wanting to reach the proposed trail from ElingsPark would need to cross the dangerous traffic on Las Positas Road instead of using the existing trail that leads within ElingsPark to the controlled three way intersection of Las Positas and Cliff Drive.
- Far from costing nothing to tax payers, the upkeep of the bridge and of the road’s public portion would be added to the city’s ongoing obligations.
These are some of the reasons why I will vote No on Y — shouldn’t you too?
South Coast Vice President
Citizens Planning Association