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Did the Mayor Really Say That?

I have been getting a few emails since SLO Mayor Dave Romero appeared on the radio last Thursday. People are curious about the mayor’s comments regarding Measure J, the countywide vote on Dalidio Ranch scheduled for November. The show should be available on podcast at http://www.920kvec.com.

About midway through the show, Mayor Romero and I were discussing Dalidio Ranch and I asked him a direct question: How did he plan to vote on Measure J – — Yes, or No? He answered by initially sidestepping the question. I asked again and he said that he would reluctantly have to hold his nose and vote Yes.

That response is leaving some folks around town scratching their heads in confusion. If the city is mad about the county getting involved in Dalidio, why would the mayor vote FOR Measure J? Wouldn’t he be expected to vote AGAINST the measure?

Am I missing something here? I’d appreciate your thoughts.

  1. Anonymous
    July 25, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    The Dalidio project is in complete and perfect compliance with SLO’s general plan, as it also is with the County’s general plan. Mayor Romero’s comments were 100% appropriate. There are however 3 factions in San Luis that are committed to the total destruction (for their benefit) of the SLO area. They are:
    1) The flaming liberal left tax supported trough feeders with a few rental houses wanting high values and rents to go along with their outrageous retirement from the tax structured jobs they hold
    2) The SLO city & county “old money” families that only want development their way, so they dress up like environmentalists because that agenda feeds their wishes
    3) The Tax supported employees that want to keep SLO County the only county left in the state that pays parody with the private sector so they can continue their bourgeois life styles. No private growth, no corporate growth achieves that.
    With all that subversive powder behind the quiet politics of SLO the mayor walks a fine line, but that does not diminish the fact that he is right! That project should handled by the city. But when the city tried to approve it the aforementioned regime went into action to not only stop it politically but also to send a message to developers that if you come here we will bankrupt you before you can build.
    SLO has been sliding down the slippery slope of special interests for decades now. The effect is as clear as can be. Homes are no longer affordable for County residents, so the money and greed for higher prices is now coming from outside the area. The downtown is dead because it’s a nice walking museum with a huge food court for visitors. Locals don’t go downtown…there is no parking!
    So SLO city & County are destined to succumb to local special interests who only has it’s well being in mind. Want some proof? Look to the schools. Rapidly declining enrollment yet the huge administration infrastructure is well maintained. More proof? Home Depot and Costco are huge successes. They built it and they came…but it was the County that drove that project as will they drive the market place development.
    Wake up SLO…Our city has been stolen and we need to take it back.

  2. Anonymous
    July 25, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    The county pays parity with private employers? What private employers? Most of them are gone, and the ones that have stayed now tend to pay LESS than government jobs.

  3. Anonymous
    July 26, 2006 at 5:22 am

    “The Dalidio project is in complete and perfect compliance with SLO’s general plan, as it also is with the County’s general plan.”

    Uh, I don’t think it is in complete and perfect compliance with the County’s General Plan. You better go back and get your facts straightened out.

    It’s zoned Agriculture in the County’s General plan. It’s not zoned for commercial development. In fact if the project were to go through the County’s planning process it would require amendments to the County’s Agricultural land use policies.

    Now the question about the City’s General Plan. The Land Use Element was adopted in 1994, 12 years ago, the public never voted on the land use designation for the property.

    Times have changed and attitudes about the type of development residents of this community want to see. Given the vote on the project it’s apparent that the City’s General Plan policies about this property weren’t acceptable.

    The rest of your diatribe is not worthy of any response. Brett

  4. Anonymous
    July 30, 2006 at 6:55 am

    Your answer came from a man that continued to voice his support for the project in ads and direct mailings, after the voters of SLO froze the councils decisions and put the project on the ballot. One mailing came under scrutiny for using the city’s shield on it. The night of the election where was Dave? At City Hall? NO he was at Dalidio’s gathering. “Pave it” David should have taken John Ewans lead and gone silen during the days before the last vote. It is ashame when politians are more loyal to special interests than they are to their constituents. Jerry L. should also keep that in mind

  5. Anonymous
    July 30, 2006 at 6:59 am

    The mayor should hold his nose because what he says stinks,

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