Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 | The city of Oceeanside just announced that the subsidizing of developers must stop by Feb. 4, 2008. If not enforced, the city will lose another $4 million in costs to process developments. The Malkin project at our Pier area downtown has racked up $27 million in subsidy so far in Redevelopment Tax dollars.
The Redevelopment Department has ask for and received the blessing of this City Council for the Malkin Hotel project subsidy, $500,000 for a nonprofit Surf Museum relocation, a $1 million dollar subsidy for a new Art Museum.
All this give away of tax dollars and we still can not go downtown and find an entertainment venue that is a safe, clean, family environment. Redevelopment Department gave non-profit Main Street Oceanside the rejuvenation of downtown to manage. The business community downtown is not a safe place to go. Main Street Oceanside is also subsidized by the Redevelopment tax dollars and none of their Board members have the management background to rejuvenate the entire downtown area. The Board is made up of Downtown Business owners. Citizens who own property in the downtown area are not demanding clean up of the area or anything to stop the give away of tax dollars and continue to live in the blight and squalor that surrounds them as they try to protect their views, through gates, of the ocean.