In North County, the city of Vista decided not too long ago to energize certain neighborhoods by embracing a “mixed use” of homes and shops. The thinking goes that this kind of development can get people out of their cars and onto their feet, helping the environment through less driving and less pollution.
How’s it going? Our contributing writer Ruarri Serpa checked into things and found that “mixed use” ended up not being mixed at all. “Most cities define ‘mixed use’ as a combination of residential and commercial development,” Serpa writes. “Vista officials, thinking more about how to kick-start development downtown, allowed developers to decide how much residential or retail they would build, including none.”
Critics say the city fumbled its future. A city official says Vista was coming out of the recession “and wanted to see things happening.” Now, the City Council might take a different path.
Hmmm … An MTS Tax in the Works?
Local GOP honcho, Tony Krvaric, noticed something interesting Tuesday. The Metropolitan Transit System, MTS, reported that one of its board members, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, had asked whether the agency itself could put a tax increase on the ballot to support transit projects in and around the city of San Diego.
A half-cent sales tax hike to support transit, highways and open space protection failed at the November ballot. It was put on the ballot countywide by the San Diego Association of Governments and faced major opposition from especially North County conservatives, who thought it did too much for transit. Alvarez and other Democrats opposed it because they thought it did too little for transit.
Alvarez’s question may reveal that an alternative to SANDAG is being pursued. However, lawyers for MTS responded that, unlike their counterparts at SANDAG, they cannot propose tax increases unless state legislators change the law.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Unfortunately Californias budget deficit will be worse as Brown is not accounting for the unknowns from the federal government.
Does the state plan on continuing covered California without the feds help?
The news organization that apparently coined "convadium" loses all authority to rule on horrific new portmanteaus.
1. If the Gov will clean up the skimming in every one of his medicaid and Medicare programs for the poor and outright corruption of doctors in these programs his budget would be just fine. He refuses to go after contractors who abuse the California Taxpayers and now the poor suffer. Good going Jerry! (BY the way multiple incidents have been reported and the whistleblower gets punished by Rick Wanne, and Nick Macchione)
2. I agree with Nathan Fletcher, the County [ension is such a burden that any raises are unjustified and especially at 172,000, Try and call one of these "representatives".