Hysterical accusations of betrayal and stomping on residents’ wishes have been flying around lately regarding the delay of the “Reinstate Measure Y Initiative” pending an economic impact report.
First, let me say that there are no huge housing developments planned for my immediate area and I was not one of the petition signature gathers. However, I fully supported the original Measure Y Initiative written by the Measure Y Committee, including Bill Center and Jim Moore, and I want EDC to remain rural and do not want to plan my life around gridlocked traffic.
So I was puzzled as to why Center and Moore would want to encourage an economic impact report on “Reinstate Measure Y’s Original Intent,” the very initiative they helped author. Well, as it turns out, the current Measure Y proposal significantly changed the language of the original initiative so that it would be much more restrictive to economic development in our county.
While I believe that few county residents would want to see more rooftops and gridlocked traffic, I think most of us would like a thriving economy with more local jobs and businesses. This new proposal to “Reinstate Measure Y’s Original Intent,” if enacted, would have negatively impacted that goal.
I applaud the Board of Supervisors, Bill Center and Jim Moore for asking that this initiative undergo a 30-day economic impact study. If anyone has the right to feel betrayed, it should be the voters who signed the initiative petition thinking that it was simply the original Measure Y Initiative when it wasn’t.