monaghan

Comments by monaghan

Kilroy's still here, promising campaign juice

Well said, CaptD! Where's the outrage? People need to wake up to the rip-offs all around us that are being falsely portrayed as economic "progress" or "investment"or "job-creation" by self-serving business groups whose bottom-line is profit and new-media groups whose essential goal is basic survival. Some people live west of I-5 and closer to the city of San Diego, so they may not have followed the proposed massive development of One Paseo in Carmel Valley in North County. What once were open rolling brown hills covered with yellow mustard in the spring, the area was called "the Future Urbanizing District" and then "North City West" and now its name is "Carmel Valley." The hills have been flattened and terraced with houses, multi-lane highways were built and business parks and strip-malls have filled the open space in between. In fact, Carmel Valley is poorly-planned suburban sprawl, unrecognizable from its natural condition 30 years ago. But developers are not done. LA real estate builder Kilroy is going for broke with the proposed huge One Paseo project in Carmel Valley and it has greased the skids for City Council approval with a new political action committee revealed in a required end-of-year filing and discovered only last weekend by the Reader's Matt Potter. Builder Kilroy's PAC gives $$$ to every politician in sight from both political parties and to struggling "non-profit" media outlets like VoiceofSanDiego.org and enlists supporters from the Chamber of Commerce, now run by former top-cop and business-tool ex-San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. It ain't right, but Kilroy's PAC is even fronted by public relations tweeter Rachel Laing who used to get her taxpayer-paid salary from Mayor Sanders' City Hall where she knew and worked with many of the same City Council members who will vote on Kilroy's One Paseo behemoth. Laing actually dared to say last Fall that public opposition to her Kilroy employer's One Paseo project is not really grassroots." As I said, where's the outrage?
— January 4, 2015 1:41 p.m.

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