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Sadly our City officials have joined the grab-and-go zeitgeist of our times. The effort to take the zeal of youth and turn it into zealotry has succeeded, and powers-that-be are not going to let this opportunity be wasted. YIMBYs are armed with talking points and fearlessness as they attack community members who won't rubber stamp whatever a developer wants to build. And if the community members are over 60 they seem to enjoy it even more. And while they call anyone who doesn't follow the party line climate change deniers (even though I just can't see how luxury high rises are going to save us from anything) YIMBYs are the ones who seem allergic to data, just like the like real climate change deniers. Such as the fact we are overbuilt on high end residential units, the current zoning allows for more than enough units, low-rise construction is substantially more affordable, eliminating illegal STVRs would be very helpful in reducing our housing needs. It seems quite possible land owners will get entitlements on their property for buildings that won't get built at this time for lack of a market for the units if this scheme is approved. And these zombie un-built, but permitted, buildings will haunt our neighborhoods for years. And exist solely to increase the land value of their property. But more importantly our elected officials and their staff's willingness to divide our communities at this time with needless land-use fights is shameful.
— June 3, 2020 10:05 p.m.

Ward-Faulconer parking plan to Adams Ave. and Mid City groups: drop dead

I would assume Cory Briggs is also exploring the possibility of legal transgressions by Circulate SD and Ward's office. Regarding the bike lane issue, I would assume both Circulate Inc and Ward need to make sure they power through a few bike lanes to help provide cover for their main agenda, serving the big developers, land owners, out in the open lobbyists, and other business/corporate concerns that fund their ambitions. While I would love to see a more pedestrian and bike friendly San Diego, its depressing to see such cynicism associated with the cause. I recently heard someone use the phrase "The Trojan Bike" to describe what is going on. That would be funny except for the very real negative impact on our city, and the damage to peoples lives is tragic. It doesn't take a lot of effort to realize the only hope we have to solve the climate crisis (and the housing crisis) is to diminish the control corporations have over the politicians and the political process. How is helping mega real estate corporations and REITs take over our housing market going to help. Do you think all the money being funneled into Circulate SD by business to distribute in various hidden ways into subverting our community process really intended to solve the climate or housing crisis? I have no idea if the Republicans who espoused supply side theory 40 years ago thought it would trickle down to help all levels of the economy, nor do I know now if those running Circulate Inc believe building luxury housing will bring rents down. I think a consideration of the situation that isn't self serving would suggest a more complicated and nuanced solution is required. But one thing is clear, the destructive tribalism Circulate Inc (and Ward) put so much energy into is not helpful.
— July 21, 2019 10:55 p.m.

Ward-Faulconer parking plan to Adams Ave. and Mid City groups: drop dead

All the new posts are making it even clearer there needs to be the daylight of a in depth journalist investigation of Circulate SD and its relationship to our elected officials. Clearly one of Circulate's main goals, like any business entity, is its own financial well being. And clearly given its donor list and its growth, Circulate is successful at that. Of course part of the problem with taking money from someone is that the people you get it from usually except something in return for it. Seems to me the connection preventing pedestrian accidents/deaths and deregulating development regulations for the benefit of developers is both odd and tenuous. But Circulate seems to feel its cover enough to obscure all of the lobbying work they do for a myriad of businesses. Whats both more remarkable, but also more troubling, is that Chris Ward and Todd Gloria feel they can use Circulate SD as cover for their actions and ambitions. If Circulate is doing most of the heavy lifting for developer lobbyists then Ward and Gloria can pretend they are doing something other than doing what their political funders want. What's perhaps even more troubling is seeing Ward join in on one of the main strategies of Circulate and their many tentacle organizations (Circulate Inc): to try to neutralize neighborhood organizations through ageism and tribalism. The goal is to prevent a hearty multi-voiced dialog about land use. Instead of a complex dialogs from how to wisely add density to a neighborhood to how the concentration of wealth is leading to a concentration of real estate ownership (and how that impacts housing availability and costs), Circulate Inc encourages the out loud attacks on boomers, suggesting they should move if they don't like Circulate Incs goals for the city. Clearly Ward slipped up by using his "out loud" voice to espouse this position at the meeting, but its at the core of his and others strategy for land use. So I'll say it again, we need to shine daylight on all this.....for the well being of our city.
— July 20, 2019 8:15 a.m.

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