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Stephen Goldfarb July 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM
The irony is that had the city acted in conformity to the MSCP, it would have obtained 1694 acresRead Moreat no cost. With sound planning and clustering, development could have occurred on 565 acres. The 1694 acres of free conservation land would have allowed ample land to be added to Mission Trails Regional Park. The city instead chose to act by stealth to acquire all of the East Elliott property. The result is that the city had to pay for all of a private owner's property. The city has acquired or owns about 736 acres. The purchase price has ranged from about $19,000 an acre (in 2002) to $35,000 an acre. If we took the midpoint of that, $27,000, gives an estimate that the city has spent about $19.8 million dollars. If the city allowed development, as is the intent and purpose of the MSCP, it would have acquired 1694 acres at no cost. This is far greater than the land it acquired by its "plan" to restrict owner development so it could buy the private property to expand the park.
Stephen Goldfarb July 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM
The irony is that had the city acted in conformity to the MSCP, it would have obtained 1694 acresRead Moreat no cost. With sound planning and clustering, development could have occurred on 565 acres. The 1694 acres of free conservation land would have allowed ample land to be added to Mission Trails Regional Park. The city instead chose to act by stealth to acquire all of the East Elliott property. The result is that the city had to pay for all of a private owner's property. The city has acquired or owns about 736 acres. The purchase price has ranged from about $19,000 an acre (in 2002) to $35,000 an acre. If we took the midpoint, $27,000, leads to an estimate that the city has spent about $19.8 million dollars. If the city allowed development, as is the intent and purpose of the MSCP, the 1694 acres it would have acquired at no cost is far greater than the land it acquired by its "plan" to restrict owner development so it could buy the private property to expand the park. Stephen Goldfarb
Stephen Goldfarb July 22, 2014 at 12:36 AM
The planners of federal Habitat Conservation Plans, and in turn the MSCP, recognized theRead Morepossibility that there could be conflicts between allowed development and conservationists. They therefore built into the regulations protections for private development. The MSCP says in Section 6.2.3 (Development), for example, "The development of the MSCP Plan has been guided by the fundamental principle that private property rights shall be respected." That principle should provide powerful guidance to the city. But it was not to be for those who are motivated to find a means to take over private owners' land. That is the context in which the city's designating the bulk of East Elliott to open space, ignoring the existing very low density zoning, and then buying land at low valuations should be evaluated. Stephen Goldfarb
Doug Curlee July 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM
sure doesn't leave a very appealing picture of how americans treat terrified children and theirRead Moremoth ers, though, does it?..i'd have thought we as a people were better than that..guess I was wrong..
Margie Logue July 01, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Travelling east on Mission Gorge, take the light before Walgreen's, turn left and you come out next Read Moreto the parking lot.
Chris July 13, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Probably because there were far too many accidents
Patriot88Socal June 24, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Bring back Steve! he was the only thing that made Patch worthwhile.
Neal June 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM
I noticed the change, but not in the byline. I thought it was just reformatted. You are correct. Read MoreI didn't like the changes but now I know why they happened.
Steve Odland June 25, 2014 at 09:44 AM
30 years in the news, marketing, and advertising and I have never seen a company make a poorerRead Moredecis ion than the patch. You really screwed up a great website.
Shannon Quigley-Raymond June 20, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Hi Barbara, We've been working for years on this, there has been much monitoring by our volunteers Read Moreat the San Diego River Park Foundation, the City and others. This years drought will probably make it even worse. Hopefully the El Nino next year brings some relief. Feel free to call me at the office and we can talk about it a little more 619-297-7380 The transcript is a little off but here is some info from the Executive Officer of the Regional Water Quality Control Board from a few years ago http://www.kpbs.org/audioclips/16133/ "GIBSON: There is a serious odor issue in Santee in the river, it's locked oxygen all summer because of the inputs of fertilizer during the winter and the dry accept. That condition of anoxia has killed the fish. So we've lost uses. Santee has done an excellent job in their storm water program. But this is an ongoing issue. And because there are no fish in that segment of the river, we now have mosquito problems. And they are applying larvicides. That's something we want to make sure we use our authority to control storm water run off. So we have many issues."
Kathy June 24, 2014 at 02:07 AM
I think our water that Padre Dam provides is crap already. My water bill is my most expensiveRead Moreutili ty bill a month. Now, Padre Dam wants not ONLY RIP US OFF but they want to provide TOILET & SEWER water as our drinking water. I don't know who is in charge for allowing Padre Dam to continue to raise our prices but I would sure like to know. Does our City Council have no ability to stop these ridiculous fees?
Angela Rose Guerra May 30, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I always have heard and seen people or children who are bullied. Threatened, hurt, verbally abused, Read Moreetc. It`s really hurt seeing people get hurt. "haters will say what they want, but their hate will never stop you from chasing your dream". I suggest a safety application you could use if you are in trouble. check this out for more info. http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home
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