by Cory David

As I spend many sleepless nights trying to calculate a strategy for the residents of this community to fight back against the steamroller that is the PUC project, the obvious comes to mind.

If you have attended the two project workshops you will be aware that we were broken into groups after developer presentations. While this might offer a more fertile environment for discussion it also, in effect, allows us to be “divided and conquered.” We become a handful of quiet voices of the few as opposed to a loud representation of the “collective whole.”

At these meetings, we have yet to be allowed to have a public dialogue with the developer and more importantly with our city representatives who support this out sized project. I mean questions and answers people. If we were to be allowed this publicly interactive forum, I believe we would be enlightened to the nth degree. Just think of it, asking these individuals to explain and justify to us, the residents, how this project is going to benefit our quality of life. They might just find themselves “on the spot.” In a world of “alternative truths,” just opening one’s mouth is enough to show your true colors. With ease, we understand the developer’s position, it’s business. What seems to be a consensus among the residents is that we, as yet, do not fully understand the advocacy or motivation of our city officials who appear to so love this project.

Now, we have to acknowledge the risk in this interaction as it can become heated. I just experienced this in my interaction with Mr. Garbino at the last project meeting. I mitigated the situation by removing myself from the situation after stating my case. Those who know me know this is not my usual response. Still if resident attendees recall the vocal outrage they expressed at the first meeting when the developer rolled out the high rises, they will also remember that they were admonished by the council for their behavior. I find this to be the height of hypocrisy as approximately five years ago as I addressed the council to protest proposed fifteen story buildings I was attacked in a profanity laced tirade by the now sitting mayor. All this while a cowardly, then mayor, Kevin Mullin and two currently seated council members silently looked on. Just check the video archives if they haven’t destroyed them. Your council will cry for civility and yet they, themselves, “don’t walk the walk.”

So, I fear that the next project meeting will be the roll out of an initial project plan. We will be talked at but can we talk back? One city official trying to placate me with praise of public inclusiveness in the project planning phase fails to realize the little details we were allowed to discuss pale in comparison to our real concerns. We were allowed to participate in the trivial. They claim to listen. Did they really? Eight story buildings anyone? We need to demand live public interaction with both the developer and our city representatives at this next meeting, not just a presentation. We promise to be civil but those who will be sitting at the front of the room representing the other side of the argument better do the same. These individuals need a constant reminder that

THIS IS OUR CITY!

2019-02-09T19:22:54-07:00 Latest Articles, PUC, Resources|

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  1. Cynthia Marcopulos February 11, 2019 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    SSF Residents: Are you concerned about the traffic at El Camino Real/Chestnut/Hillside/Mission Road today? Well, there are plans to make traveling this area by the Sunshine Gardens Neighborhood more of a nightmare,

    There are the existing apartments on Antoinette Lane and Peninsula Pines that use the street parking; the former car wash is going to be 171 – 173 units (so if everyone has 2 cars, put another 80 cars fighting for parking on the streets) – and the car wash units will enter and exit Chestnut and ECR only; then, let’s add the Community Civic Campus which will house the Council Chambers, Park & Rec and the library with only 134 parking spaces and maybe 30 for ADA spaces making our $210 million dollar project barely usable due to no parking;

    Now, let’s add the PUC 5.9 acre Site that developer, AGI, has held community outreach meetings telling us it’s going to be eight (8) stories with 1.4 parking spaces (really? never seen a point 4 mode of transportation, unless it’s my skateboard)

    Our City Council assured us in May 2018 that it would be 2 – 3 stories on the outside and 4 – 5 stories on the inside.

    And, we have developers telling us what will be built in OUR CITY???

    Contact the City Council and tell them to keep their promise of no higher than 4 -5 stories: council@ssf.net

    Come to the City Council meetings and speak at the Public Comment portion.

    For the sake of our community, our quality of life, and trying to preserve South City as we know and love it, spread this posting widely, please.

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