Reported in the Press Enterprise - "The council set the Town Center, Outdoor Adventures Center and new high school projects as priorities despite opposition from some residents because they are the foundation for youth programs and city services" Councilwoman Bea Cortes said. "No. 1 (the Town Center) and 2 (the OAC) are so important to us because they are an economical-survival issue for us because we depend on them for economic growth," Cortes said.
"For us to have the Town Center and the Outdoor Adventure Center is going to create a lot of sales-tax revenue."
Without that revenue, the city can't pay for additional sheriff's patrols, extra speed enforcement, surveillance cameras at city parks and youth programs, Cortes said.
It sounds more like regurgitation of someone else's words and I doubt she understands the full ramifications, but I hope I live to see that we have more children's programs; Recreation Center at the parks, after-school-programs, or perhaps a living arts center too.
But after reviewing the Planning Commissions review of the application to build a new facility for the Water Company in a residential district, I have little faith.
We were told that Barton road must be commercial because that is the way it was zoned. We were also told that there is a Specific Plan, however, it is continuously changed according to the whims of staff. Council seems to follow whatever staff recommends. You can bet they don't live next to a utility company or a Lowes.