Friday, June 15, 2007 |Thanks for the article “Barrio Logan Pleads for Planning Voice,” in today’s voiceofsandiego.org.

I find it ironic that Bill Anderson, Director for Economic Planning, is spinning a “stakeholders group” instead of a community planning group. He is defining exactly what a community planning group (CPG) is and does. I would suggest that Mr. Anderson meet with the Barrio Logan residents and business owners (a.k.a. stakeholders) so they can educate him about Barrio Logan’s past, present and future.  He is in dreamland if he thinks that a stakeholders group of his (and city halls) choosing are going to be in charge of planning in Barrio Logan or any other San Diego community. Most of us know that Mr. Anderson, redevelopment czar Jim Waring, Councilman Ben Hueso and Mayor Jerry Sanders would love to not have a CPG in Barrio Logan, as well as dissolve all of San Diego’s CPG’s. Well that is not going to happen! With more than 40 CPG’s all over San Diego, these developer-lovin’ city servants will have to learn the hard way that residents and business owners want a say and active roll in the planning and development of their respective communities, not the other way around.

I hope all San Diego CPG’s are mindful of what is going on in the city redevelopment office, planning department, Mayor’s Office and council offices. Your communities’ best interest is at stake.

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