Letters to the Editor

Mirage on the Coast

I keep seeing this circular picture that has come to represent the Rockaway Quarry project. You know the one, a family of three sitting on a lawn, having a picnic, with an unobstructed view of the beach behind them. To the right is a beautiful building with Mediterranean architecture. Not one car in sight, no cement or asphalt to be seen, no stucco, no trash, no congestion on the world's most famous and beautiful highway. Yet for the life of me I can not figure out where this scene is supposed to take place.

What does history teach us?

I am not a life long Pacifican, but I choose to stay in Pacifica for many of the same reasons the rest of us do. When I first noticed that signatures were being collected outside our super markets to place Measure L, the quarry development initiative, on the November ballot, I immediately thought: Didn't we vote this down just a few years ago? Of course we did. So before I signed, I tried to establish what the difference was between the current proposal, L, and the prior one, 2002's E.

Fact Checking the Debates

We received our latest postcard from the Peebles Propaganda Post Box regarding the rebroadcast of the debate between Messrs. Loeb & Peebles. I went to my stack of Pacifica Tribunes and pulled for perusal the August 23 edition which detailed said debate. The following are direct quotes:

Residential Urban Development Excess

Peebles came to town, bought a defunct rock quarry and then proclaimed he deserves a fair return on his investment. Why? The gent could have put the same bucks in Charles Schwab shares and done just fine.

Monkey's Uncle

Fightin' John Maybury strikes back:

Shannon Del Vecchio's letter to the editor last week complained about the San Francisco Bay Guardian quarry expose, but Bay Guardian reporter George Schulz quoted extensively from Pacifica's new playpal Don Peebles. That sounds fair and balanced to me. Shannon also wrote about "every stupid rumor made up by the No on L' contingent." Wow! That's some amazing doublespeak. If I were a lawyer for "Noel," I'd be drawing up papers right now. Coastside.com caught Peebles PR hacks (Davies Communications of Santa Barbara, officially in denial) red-handed in a "sock puppet" astroturfing incident, which was independently verified by the San Mateo County Times and reported widely in the Pacifica Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. That's not one-sided journalism, Shannon, that's good reporting on unfair campaign practices.

Red lights

After reflecting on the impact of 355 additional residential units in the quarry, I have come to the conclusion that red lights at intersections cause traffic jams during commute hours, but do not impact traffic before or after commute times. Don't get me wrong. We have to have traffic lights. However, we do not have to have 355 residential units in the quarry.

It's That Simple!

If I asked you if you would like to build 355 houses in the Quarry, you would probably say NO, too much traffic, too many houses, would they even fit in the Quarry?

But when an out-of-town developer courts us with parties and makes promises about a library, a concert hall, a hotel, restaurant and convention center and mentions big box retail stores, some folks say, well, OK, we don't really want all those houses but we don't want big box retail either. And we forget to read the proposition on the ballot.

Peebles track record

In person Don Peebles is charming, but the best information on a person's integrity is their track record. And the best information on Peebles' record is an article in the Miami New Times (like our Bay Guardian). I would encourage you all to read it. Unfortunately, the record is of a developer that does not honor his promises, is quick to sue when he does not get what he wants, and who plays hardball politics with local officials to get his way.

Risk vs. Reward

"Risk and reward" is one of the most basic rules in the investment world. And Mr. Peebles is one brilliant and successful developer-- charming, smooth, and smart. He's a very likable man.

"High-stakes poker"

John Maybury serves it up straight in his Wandering and Wondering column of September 13th, 2006:

[Peebles] is a businessman with a huge investment to recoup, and an even bigger loan to pay off. He is not a charity. He is not here to rescue us from our fiscal dilemma. He is here to play high-stakes poker, win big, and cash in his chips. Don't fall for the sweet talk.

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