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.


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