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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006 | The public has a choice on November 7th. Either to look to the future economic stability for San Diego by supporting Proposition A or to slide down the slippery slope of denial and nimbyism.
One factor that must be discredited is the military’s political smoke screen that Miramar is essential to national defense. This country would have lost WWII if our Generals and civilian leaders had taken that position with regards to Bataan, Corregidor and the Philippines. The truth is that the Navy has learned that they get nothing in return in the BRAC process. They are employing this option of dealing directly with developers on the Broadway Complex in order to get something in return.
Finally, the ballot measure neither specifies West Miramar or simultaneous joint use. This leaves the option open to two prior studies which specified the superior location of East Miramar. East Miramar practically eliminates any noise impacts to adjoining communities. It would also permit the current use of West Miramar by the military for another 15-20 years.
Failing to support this measure now means that Miramar will fall into the hands of tract housing developers. Those people and politicians that oppose Proposition A will be unable to use the current airport due to future traffic gridlock throughout the county.