Why a Town Council for Point Loma?
Why a Town Council?
“All politics is local.” A town council is a conventional approach to putting the reins of government in the control of communities that government serves. Point Loma’s Town Council is being structured to give residents an organized means of taking action on behalf of the eleven communal districts and more than 40,000+ residents on the peninsula, to help them deal with the big problems that threated to destroy character of Point Loma, the environment, and our quality of life.
A Town Council is also and instrument for proactive participation in Community Planning and support of cultural and artistic events in a scale and manner that is consistent with the wishes of residents of each area on the peninsula, defined for Council representation as Communal Districts.
Whether our problems are about getting the Port and the U. S. Navy to restore Kellogg Beach, or holding the Airport Authority accountable for its curfew agreements and flight path rules for aircraft exiting SDIA, or preserving schools in residential neighborhoods, a Town Council, since it is independent of the City of San Diego, can be effective by quicly and easily mobilizing support for the wishes of the 40,000+ residents of Point Loma Peninsula and also those, who work here.
Is Point Loma Town Council Needed?
Why a Town Council NOW?
What's our Plan?
Local Government Accountability
California law requires that each county and city in the state develop and adopt a GENERAL PLAN. A general plan is a statement of development policies with a map setting forth goals and policies. A general plan must contain a minimum of seven (7) state-mandated elements.
- Land Use
- Open Space
Note: this list may contain additional elements the county or city wishes to adopt, such as Education, Air Quality, Environmental, Historical Preservation, etc.
Each community has input to its local plan
Economics vs. Quality of Life
Land Use and Housing elements of a General Plan are primary priorities of developers and government – Economics.
Circulation, Noise, Health, Conservation, Open Space, Safety, and Education are Quality of Life priorities for residents, neighborhoods and communities.
Historically, local input to all these issues is only possible through public input meetings for plans already negotiated between development interests.
Why Not Realistic About Infrastructure?
General plans of the city and county of San Diego have, since 1979, focused primarily on economic goals of developers and local government agencies, a focus that values tax revenues over quality of life and with no accountability for infrastructure needed to support additional population nor predictable impacts we know development mitigationt fees can’t possible cover.
The result is the increasing congestion and pollution we are seeing along with social and public safety issues that result from building houses instead of communities. Development fees couldn’t be high enough to raise enough money for infrastructure now required, were we to add no density and it’s now up to communities like Point Loma to command accountability.
What is a Town Council?
An elected board of neighborhood representatives:
- Pro-actively pursuing needs of the community
- Revising the Peninsula Community Plan to support our needs
- Coalescing political will in support of community goals
- Engaging residents in every community to vote and participate
- Identifying and documenting preservable residential values
- Informing the entire community about matters that affect them
- Reflecting values of the community’s cultural history
- Organizing successful stands for infrastructure accountability
- Supporting efforts of those who support the community
- Funding activities that are in the community’s interest
- Representing Point Loma in wider jurisdictions
11 Point Loma neighborhoods:
- Liberty Station
- Loma Portal
- La Playa
- Loma Portal
- Point Loma Heights
- Shelter Island/Yacht Clubs
- Sunset Cliffs
- Norht Point Loma
…for this opportunity to present the reasons why we need our Point Loma Town Council.
An idea for which the time has come!
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