Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 | The “big mess” that Mayor Cheryl Cox and all the other vultures want is just a land grab for their benefit. What happens to the families, ethnic and social groups, and school groups that want to have a picnic or party? If that Gaylord idea had been allowed to proceed, the whole area would be flooded by an influx of visitors from Los Angeles and further north. The locals would have no place to go with this beautiful setting of water and sky. There would be no parking available, there would be luxury homes for the privileged, condos for people living there only part-time, and ultimately the U.S. Wildlife Preserve area would be sold off as a “swap” for an area that nobody can observe from close proximity.
The small shipyard is doing well, but rumor has it that it will be shoved out due to noise and so-called pollution problems. Mayor Cox has her eye on the adjacent land of the power plant as well, calling it “an ugly eyesore, a polluting mess.” Poor gal! I live exactly a quarter-mile from the power plant and I do not find it ugly, noisy, or polluting!
I cannot count the number of totally erroneous stories offered up by so-called “experts” on waste heat, ecological advisors, and medical offerings for the health of children. There are four “families” of pelicans that are constant visitors because of the plentiful schools of small fish on the power plant’s condenser inlet (cool) side of the bay, and there are large turtles on the outlet (warm) side. There are families of ospreys living in the old Rohr property and the present owners seem to like them. Joggers have a fairly safe stretch of road to use along with the motorcycle training school which is also used by the Chula Vista Police Department.
If Mayor Cox wants money, find it someplace else. Look at that Taj Mahal [City Hall] for the police … what a waste of money. Most of the original city buildings only got a facelift, like plaster repair and new paint.
I note that Goodrich has increased the size of their parking lot, but they have also moved part of operations to Mexico. Creation of 3,000 permanent jobs of what scale? You can’t live in Chula Vista on $15 an hour, but in Tijuana, you can live quite well! Who’s fooling whom? There will be few well-paying jobs, but plenty of low-paying service jobs for people from other countries. Let’s take care of U.S. citizens first.