An Osider once told me about hunting near El Camino Real in Oceanside, and recalled how his home on College Boulevard sat near the 78. It was just a two-lane road in those days, with stop signs where it intersected other streets.
In the time since he was a lad, North County has seen a surge of residents. Now there are tract homes instead of chaparral, and those old cow paths are clogged in the mornings and evenings as people try to get to and from work.
As this year’s ballot takes shape, it looks like residents will have the chance to vote on a few measures that will further shape their suburbs, whether it’s deciding where homes can go, how densely their neighborhoods will grow or how to deal with all the people who need to commute to work.
Two Measures for All
Voice prepared a handy guide to the local ballot this week, which describes two measures that would have major impact on the North County landscape.
One is a request by the San Diego Association of Governments to approve a half-cent sales tax increase that will, in part, pay for transportation improvements along North County roads – coastal and inland – that were approved as part of a regional plan.
Measure A, as it’s known, presents a bit of a conundrum for North County voters, who want to see relief from the traffic but don’t want to see their tax dollars go to projects outside North County.