Argument Against Measure W

The following Argument Against Measure W was submitted to the city, and will appear in the Voter Information Pamphlet for the election on November 8.


VOTE NO ON 4-STORY OCEANSIDE BUILDINGS WITH 206 HOUSING UNITS

Measure W authorizes the City to approve 206 multi-family units, but doesn’t commit the developer to build anything. We are voting without any review of environmental or traffic impacts. Haven’t we learned what coastal erosion, flooding and storms do to coastal developments?

VOTE NO ON EMPTY PROMISES AND NO GUARANTEES

Proponents want you to believe approval will include a hotel, commercial development, open space and more. But Measure W does not guarantee that a hotel or any commercial will be built. The City’s own analysis concludes the City has no power to compel the developer to build any part of the project. We could end up with a housing project and nothing more.

THERE IS NO PROJECT ON THE BALLOT 

The City’s analysis says this measure “neither approves a specific project nor does it contain specifics about what a future project might include.” It also says: “The principal effect of the initiative will be to eliminate the public vote requirement for any residential development on the Quarry Site,” except under limited circumstances. Why give up the only leverage voters have without knowing what the project will be, and without guarantees that any promised benefits will happen?

VOTE NO ON A HIGH RISK GAMBLE

Instead of offering a specific plan, the developer wants a blank check to choose which elements to build. We have no idea what will be built. We don’t know what the impacts will be. We don’t know what the costs and liabilities for the City will be. We don’t know what the traffic will be like. We are being asked to roll the dice on a very risky bet.

DON’T GAMBLE AWAY YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

DEMAND SOLID GUARANTEES! 

VOTE NO ON MEASURE W.

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