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“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber,” Ancient Greek Philosopher Plato, modernized, 428 BC-348 BC
With every election comes an opportunity to change the way you, your community and business world are governed. This year, that opportunity takes on an historic nature as all eyes are on Washington, DC and Sacramento as voters take out their frustrations over a chronic recession and high unemployment. Here at home, the attention is focused on a changing of the guard at San Diego city hall, rare runoff elections for county Board of Supervisors and more than one ballot initiative seeking to raise your taxes.
And whether its candidates or ballot initiatives each time BIA San Diego is center stage in the political arena. For months leading up to the elections, BIA’s political committees interview and debate various candidates and issues on the ballots. The industry’s closely held vanguards also engage well in advance in an attempt to shape those issues and lists of candidates as they emerge. This includes financial support by the industry’s well-respected BIA-PAC each election cycle.
The outcome of the intense review process is the release of the BIA-PAC Voter Guide, a listing of candidate endorsements and ballot recommendations as a service to our members, BIA proudly does its part to arm you with solid information from knowledgeable industry stalwarts to enable you to make the most informed vote possible.
Are you part of the movement to shape your industry’s future? On November 2nd, did you vote alongside your industry peers? Only working together does our industry become stronger. To get more involved to make a difference in the future, please contact Matthew Adams.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will take up the issue of the Draft General Plan Update at its Wednesday, October 20th hearing. It has been 13-years since the supervisors directed staff to proceed with the crafting of a new general plan and it has not been without major controversy.
The plan includes the downzoning of over 400,000 acres in the back country with the intent of directing future growth toward existing towns and infrastructure. The downzoning has brought the scorn of hundreds of private property owners and farmers who argue that voters have rejected such downzoning in two county-wide propositions over the last ten years.
While the county claims there is plenty of opportunity for future growth in designated areas, it grants community plans and planning groups the right to veto higher density projects. It also prevents any adjustments to the general plan until there is another comprehensive review. It has been nearly 30 years between general plan updates.
The BIA is urging all private property owners to attend the Wednesday, October 20th hearing and voice their concern with the draft general plan. For more information, contact Matt Adams at the BIA.