Stop the horse race track on Monterey Bay
Posted in the Carmel Valley Forum
#1 May 23, 2013
The Fix Is In
Only we can stop this massive gambling and horse race development on beautiful Monterey Bay.
Local politicos are saying what we've known for a long time: THE FIX IS IN! With the replacement of Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado as chair of the Local Agency Formation Commission with Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio (when Delgado was out of town on job training) it's apparent that Seaside's annexation of county public land is on the fast track.
This speeds the way for the Monterey Downs development, as big as the City of Carmel, visible from nearly everywhere, forever destroying the viewshed and environment and the Mediterranean ambiance of Monterey Bay. While Seaside cries they need the economic development and jobs, they leave numerous other Army parcels already within their borders to waste undeveloped. The Downs project will leave the other projects with no water with which to proceed.
CEQA only mitigates, and to see what mitigation looks like, head down 2nd Ave. near Target and visit the oaks in giant boxes that have been sitting for years, waiting to be replanted.
An EIR challenge could still allow Monterey Downs to land-bank and barricade heavily used recreation lands for further profit.
The same consulting firm who wrote the FORA base reuse plan, the same consulting firm that ran the charade of reassessment hearings, that same consulting firm is paid by Monterey Downs through Seaside to assure the project is consistent with the base reuse plan. Legal challenges to this obvious conflict of interest failed.
For decades, we've made clear the public desire for open space and redevelopment of the blight. We've petitioned, protested, written, commented, phoned, faxed, and picketed to no avail.
Only the success of the Access Alliance initiative will stop this. There are no grownups making good decesions for us. Only we can stop this massive gambling and horse race development on beautiful Monterey Bay. You can help by gathering signatures and donating now.
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