Under Attack

Clearly, our community is under attack again. This is not the first time that an out-of-town developer has proffered a scheme for radical change through overdevelopment of open land. We seem to be a target for those characters, whose ideas are so far out of the well-established mainstream of Pacifica thought.

The latest assault is from Miami high-rise developer R. Donahue Peebles. He is a lot slicker than his profiteering predecessors, but, bottom line, Measure L is Trammell Crow all over again, only bigger.

Do we really need 355 housing units on the Rockaway Quarry? And that's not to mention a torrent of additional rush hour traffic on Highway 1 generated by a whole new neighborhood.

So many Pacificans have worked hard for so many years to protect our community from uncontrolled growth. We don't want Pacifica to look like surrounding cities. After all, our open spaces, hills and beaches are a big reason why we like it here. Pacifica is not Miami.

There is only one way to get a reasonable plan for the Quarry. That's one that is much smaller, one that produces needed revenue, and that protects open space resources, and one that does not further clog Highway 1. And that way is to vote NO on Measure L and then, let the real planning process begin.

The above was also printed as a letter in the September 13th, 2006 Pacifica Tribune