kkey May 16, 2012 @ 4:07 p.m.

In all due respect, I wonder who you are anonymous poster? I am Kerry Key, UCSD research scientist and Carmel Valley resident of the past 12 years. I've only been to one local planning board meeting so far, but it was by far dominated by those of us in opposition of One Paseo.

Here are some concrete numbers for you about the scale of the opposition. The online petition is now up to nearly 300 signers (scroll down to see the names of real residents who aren't tied to PR firms or local development consulting firms):

We will also continue to collect signatures in person at our local shopping centers until this project is either killed or reduced back to the current entitlement of 500,000 sq feet. I've spent the past three weekends involved in collecting signatures, along with a few dozen other volunteers from the community. We will have over 1000 signatures very soon. Its revealing to talk to our friends, neighbors and fellow residents when we're out at the shopping centers. Simply put, most of them are ardently opposed to the project (or had no idea about its massive scale and negative traffic impacts and then become opposed). In three weekends i've only met 3 people who ardently support the project, and two of them admitted they were developers.

The online presence of the One Paseo "supporters" is very suspect. Their website looks like it cost a fortune to create:

Many of the vocal supports of One Paseo have questionable professional conflicts of interest: Janette Littler states on her own consulting website that she "is a leading grassroots communications strategist who builds productive and diverse coalitions among community members and leaders. " Cynthia Dial, another supporter who's name is all over the local newspapers and pro-One Paseo websites, is well know travel writer and ghostwriter. The website has the appearance of a front for the One Paseo propaganda machine since they continue to only post pro-One Paseo stories. Its interesting that appeared around the same time as One Paseo did last year...its also interesting that on their facebook page they have photos of a lavish launch party at the PAC that coincidentally has a full table and poster boards with One Paseo advertisements.


ekleber May 16, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m.

"Top executives at Kilroy and Davies have given the maximum contribution allowed to District 1 city councilmember Sherri Lightner’s reelection campaign."

Business as usual in San Diego and for Lightner. On April 19, 2011, the San Diego City Council voted to approve a project to expand the Flower Hill Shopping center located one exit up I-5 from the Kilroy site, and also within Lightner's fiefdom.

On June 30th, 2011 Jeffrey Essakow, who controls ownership of Flower Hill, hosted a "Fundraising Cocktail Reception" at his La Jolla home to "support Sherri Lightner and her re-election campaign". Suggested minimum contribution was $250, with $500 bestowing "host" status.

The train for One Paseo's approval is steaming down the tracks right now. Unless the residents who will impacted by what is proposed organize and demand accountability and real answers, the charade of the City's approval process will play out, traffic in that area will become more of a mess, and people will be wondering how it could have ever happened. For starters,

  • Demand an accurate 3-D model of what is proposed so that a casual observer can see the bulk, scale, and mass of the project.
  • Question the assumptions of the traffic analysis. How might pedestrian activity influence the timing and supposed synchronization of traffic signals which is held out as essential for the mitigation of increased traffic?
  • The "creates jobs" card is being touted as one of the benefits. What happens when construction is complete? Could someone be an employee of a business at the proposed center and actually make enough money to rent in the area, let alone buy a house? I doubt it. If I'm wrong, show me the numbers.
  • Where will the sales dollars of all of the new businesses come from? That's right, mostly from other businesses in the area. Optimists would say the competition might lower prices overall. My guess is that the rents that Kilroy will demand will mop up any potential benefit that would go to consumers.

Wake up, Carmel Valley. If you care about the kind of environment you live in, this is the time to get involved and make your feelings known to The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, The San Diego Planning Commission, the City Council, and Sherri Lightner. Once it's built, it's too late. Kilroy is here whether or not they stay and if or how the project is built is up to you.


kkey May 16, 2012 @ 8:51 a.m.

If you are against the astroturfing of Carmel Valley, you can sign this petition that will be submitted to City Councilmember Sherri Lightner:


backaway May 17, 2012 @ 9:57 a.m.

Correction: My sincerest apologies.

It was not a television news crew that interviewed Janette Littler - it was the Del Mar Times reporter. The rest of the information regarding Janette's interview after the Planning Board meeting remains the same. She was referred to as a Carmel Valley resident with no further clarification in the article.


backaway May 17, 2012 @ 8:07 a.m.

Janette Littler has been a paid consultant for many years. All one has to do is to google: 'Janette Littler One Paseo' to see that she has had numerous letters to the editors to many local newspapers published, posted on social websites such as Facebook, etc., extolling the benefits of One Paseo to the surrounding community. She was even interviewed by a television news crew after attending the last Torrey Pines Community Planning Board meeting regarding One Paseo. She was introduced by the San Diego television news reporter as a concerned Carmel Valley resident as Janette went on to praise the benefits of One Paseo to the surrounding community.

I find it very disturbing that a paid consultant can write letters to the editor of numerous newspapers, post on social media, get interviewed by television news crews, and who knows what other media and never once disclose that she is a paid consultant regarding the topic she is supposedly giving her opinion on as a 'concerned resident'.


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