continued McMillin Companies have not sat idle during the protracted SR 125 battle. In the summer of 2000, McMillin homeowners were mailed a letter that asserted the necessity of the private toll road. McMillin also enclosed a postcard to be returned to the political action committee Citizens for 125. Unpersuaded, Arthur K. Warstler, a McMillin homeowner, wrote a letter to the Star-News editor. "This is developer money used to influence our mayor and city council to vote for bonds to build this toll road at taxpayer expense." As it happens, SANDAG has just given another $8 million to the connector, and according to SANDAG minutes, the president of California Transportation Ventures, Inc., the private-tollway developer, is going to go to the Chula Vista City Council and ask for $2 million.
Is this floundering for money because CTA doesn't have its financial packet put together? At one point, according to the Audubon Society's Rolfe, the City of Chula Vista even had David Malcolm researching a public/private joint powers package.
In the book The Ecology of Fear, Mike Davis analyzes how Los Angeles became a sprawling dystopia. Much of what he writes fits San Diego like a death mask. In a chapter called "How Eden Lost its Garden," Davis writes, "County government in Southern California is so hopelessly captive to the land-development industry that sweeping electoral reforms, comparable to California's progressive revolution of 1911, are probably the prerequisite for overthrowing the 'new octopus' and transforming land-use priorities."
Mayor Horton is leaving office and will run for the 78th District seat in the state assembly November 5. So far, it looks like more of the same. Her campaign is "backed heavily by developers," the Union-Tribune reported October 5, 2002. Her Democratic opponent observed, "There is hardly a hillside or canyon left in Chula Vista which has not been graded, paved, altered or compromised by her land-use policies." Horton is being termed out of office, although two measures had been placed on the November 2000 ballot that would have created the possibility for her to run again. According to the Union-Tribune in August of 2000, "Mayor Shirley Horton and councilmembers Patty Davis and John Moot pushed to allow voters to take another look at term limits." (Calls made to Horton's office were not returned by press time.)
In November 2000, Proposition E, which would have done away with any term limits for the mayor or the city council, was voted down by 76.4 percent of the electorate; 59.3 percent of the electorate voted No on Proposition F, which would have increased the term limits from two consecutive terms to three.