Ask your doctor about Yesonel, the revolutionary new attitude adjustment elixir (generic name: Love Potion #9) for the treatment of indecisiveness and even active distrust. Yesonel also has been shown to be effective against naysayers and nattering nabobs of negativism. Yesonel acts on the midbrain, turning normal human skepticism into visions of sugarplums dancing in one's head. Subjects in clinical trials of Yesonel have been reported to see flashes of light in the night sky, then trucks delivering loads of pumpkins that glow in the dark. Under the effects of Yesonel, the pumpkins appear to crack open and disgorge fully formed humans who immediately begin clapping in unison and chanting "Halleluia, we are saved. This is the promised land," to the sounds of dueling banjos playing from the soundtrack of "Deliverance." Researchers at a leading Midwestern university say that a single dose of Yesonel before Election Day produces a sense of contentment and euphoria, causing the patient to vote for full buildout despite his or her misgivings and better judgment, and to tolerate years of traffic jams, construction messes, delays, cost overruns, lawsuits, crowded store aisles and parking lots, overtaxed city services, rampant raccoons, and hundreds of stuck-up rich folks ruining the mellow beachtown atmosphere. Warning: Yesonel is addictive and should not be taken by naive idealists or greedy scumbags. Side effects include delusions and excessive licking of the chops. The only known antidote to a Yesonel overdose is a careful reading of PacificaQuarry.org. (This message presented as a public service by The Unrealtors of America.)
Here's something you won't ever hear me say again: Don Peebles is right. In his guest column last week, he said we opponents of Measure L are just a "small group." Yes, we are David to Don's Goliath. And our size is our strength. We are a handful, in the best sense of the word. We don't have much money. We work for free. We are 100% local. We don't have fancy lawyers, P.R. hacks for hire, expensive TV commercials, or endless slick brochures. We don't have a million bucks to burn. We don't stay at the Mark Hopkins. We don't have earpiece-wearing aides who shadow us while we shop. We don't have out-of-town telemarketers who call their own client "Mister Pebbles." (LOL, Barney Rubble meets Fred and Wilma Flintstone for a little Vision Quest party in the quarry. Rock on, Mister Pebbles, you get what you pay for.) In our materials, we don't publish statements by our own "top experts." We link you to well-researched stories published by the Pacifica Tribune's parent ANG Newspapers, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Coastsider.com, et al. (see them all at PacificaQuarry.org). We don't play astroturfing games online with sock puppets. We don't hit you with push polls that defame Mayor Sue Digre and bully you with loaded questions. We don't threaten you with big-box stores if you don't vote for us. All we ask for is a reasonable, sustainable plan for the quarry-- a plan that everybody in town can support, not 355 trophy houses and a snooty luxury hotel. Our "small group" is not knee-jerk anti-development, despite the Big Lies being told by Mister Pebbles and his brand-new real estate pals. Small is beautiful, we say. We may be a small group, but just count the hundreds and hundreds of drivers who honk and wave and smile at our sign-waving volunteers on Highway 1. Hear the sound of the people of Pacifica voting with their thumbs up, way up. That's huge, Mister Pebbles.
I believe the best use of the quarry is commercial only. Pacifica, a bedroom community of over 14,000 houses, needs more sustainable commercial development, not more houses. What I would like to see in the quarry is a nice hotel that will bring in more Transient Occupancy Tax, some mid to high- end retail shops a few nice restaurants, a multi-purpose theater and/ or convention hall. That's it! Zero residential units in the quarry-- period!
A basic understanding of how Proposition 90 relates to Measure L is vital in the public's decisions on both.
Mr. Eade wrote:
"Using the same logic..., a developer could still sue if a city scales back the zoned square footage for a ... Commercial Development... which the quarry is zoned... for now."
The world is full of fighting and now so is our town. Some people enjoy the heat of battle; I personally prefer peace. However as a life-long Pacifican who cares about sane use of coastal lands, I feel compelled to join the fray.
There's not enough factual information to make an informed decision about Measure L. The truth is in the details and so far, there are none. This is Mr. Peebles' strategy. It's beneficial for him, but a disaster for Pacifica. Not only are we voting in the dark but it puts our city counsel and our government regulatory agencies at a disadvantage. They won't have the bargaining or enforcement leverage because the project will already have been approved by the voters. If you sign the contract before you read it (or it even exists), buyer beware!
Mr. Peebles gained fame in Miami Beach by converting a luxury hotel into condominiums. Now he sweet talks us about 'mixed use' in the Quarry. But, a few years down the road we could easily get stuck with a failed 'luxury hotel' converted into hundreds of new condominiums... PLUS his 355 new houses. With Mr. Peebles laughing all the way to the bank and us holding the bag.
Expect to greet paid political canvassers at your door in the coming weeks. The Florida developer who paid signature gatherers seventy thousand dollars to lie cheat and steal your signatures in now hiring them back to go door to door and badger you once more. This time to vote away your right to vote on a Quarry project. These corporate antics are getting way out of hand.
The Debate over Measure L goes on. The next time it will be Measure P or Z, proposed by some other pushy, threatening developer as he or she attempts to hack out more gold from a quiet beach town just south of San Francisco. Most of us live here because we want to stay out of traffic, yet have quick access to San Francisco. We love our safety and relative tranquillity, though the 8 a.m. traffic from Linda Mar to Manor is already bumper to bumper, and the jam-up at Manor and Palmetto in the morning reminiscent of rush hour in SF. A few real estate agents and those in favor of turning Pacifica into suburban Daly City-- itself once a peaceful suburb of San Francisco-- are on Peebles' bandwagon. But most of us unsophisticated Pacifica residents, according to an informal coffee shop poll, would prefer to keep Pacifica pacific. Add three hundred and fifty houses and a thousand or more cars to the early jam on Highway One and we may as well move to L.A.
Relative to the idea of developing the quarry and Measure L, I would like to suggest a different vision that might be worth holding out for. None but the foolish or greedy want to destroy the quality of life we currently enjoy here in Pacifica. I understand that different people can come to different conclusions about how the Peebles quarry development would ultimately affect the quality of life in Pacifica. I'm in the camp that believes the added traffic getting on and off Highway One will clog up the roads, which I don't want.