This was sent as an email Yesterday to Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, Mayor pro tem John Stevens and City Council members Allan Mansoor, Sandy Genis, Manuel Sanchez, Andrea Marr and Arlis Reynolds. Because this is too important a matter to just leave it at that, I wanted to also post it as a blog entry, with the hope that more will see it.
Good morning, everyone…hope you’re well. I am writing today not as the president of MVCI, but as a private citizen in the Mesa Verde area of our city. I continue to be deeply troubled by the One Metro West project and further distressed at the notion that steps are being taken to circumvent Measure Y, under the guise of this development providing units of “affordable housing” to help the city meet its numbers as prescribed by Sacramento. I don’t believe that any such measure should take the voters out of the equation, but that seems to be the tack Rose Equities will take to duck around “we the people.”
As I have said before, I am not anti-development, but this project from the onset has been fraught with controversy. Unfortunately, there seems to be no appetite at City Hall for any further negotiations with Rose and their attitude seems to be, “damn the torpedoes…full speed ahead.” If the voters decide this to be an acceptable project, so be it, and I will live with it. But let me say again, I am NOT in favor of ANY plan to take the voters out of such an important decision that will — in my opinion — have an extremely deleterious effect on Costa Mesa!
Please let the voters decide.
Thanks for listening.