Letter: Residents Responsibility to Require Transparency

Lester Hill, Capistrano Beach

Phase one of the Town Center redevelopment plan is almost complete. Next month the city will request funding for phase two for approximately $10 million in additional money. The total project is expected to be more than $20 million.

City staff can be proud of the work they have accomplished. However, before additional funding is provided, there should be a published detailed accounting showing residents the spending by item on phase one and the plans for phase two. These two phases represent huge spending for Dana Point and there deserves to be more disclosure than just a single $10 million total.

Good city government needs to be transparent. It is the responsibility of residents to require it.

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3 Responses to “Letter: Residents Responsibility to Require Transparency”

  1. Dave Bartholomew
    May 30, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    $10 to $100 million sad reasons.
    Please. Ask yourself, where would $10 million be better spent? Answer: In ways that attract tourist business. Hotels are smart to sell now and get out for none of this spending increase your equity or profit.
    On the surface, it appears that a city-plan to remodel is an improvement-plan BUT this is not true. Top two reasons are
    (1) Dana Point is rich in revenue money to be ‘contracted to GOP / Schools / Utilities / Roads / Labor Force Vendors’ ( in other words ) The City Remodel is nothing more than a pothole in the road needing corrective reconstruction, a $3,000 Invoice turning to a $300,000 Invoice. ( See reference to buying SJC Dump High school wasting $100,000,000 in tax fund revenues. ( see Anna Bryson Trustee letter, avail. ) But the guy leaning on shovel-humor is not just a west coast or east coast joke, the corruption has reached every city in the country, the more tax revenue available the more the vultures will flock to the ‘rich in revenue’ contracting.

    (2) Dana Point is similar to SJC, it has been taken over by these ‘Rich in revenue contracting Vultures. What appears to be clear, transparent common sense in the news paper article, (example funding for the Dump High School) is covered up by the highest local elected officials, buddy-buddy with the Newspaper Owners Group. The corruption of America isn’t all that horrid a thing if you are kept in the dark of the x-rays revealing cancer impacting you standard of living. It is also palatable that the 1% elite who place the elected, contracting vultures for they benefit in some way by the corrupt Tax-to-Invoice Contractors. The city of Dana Point is prone, ready for a colonoscopy that will wreck what are the very best qualities remaining of a once inspiring beach city. Remember the Stands Beach we once had? Same thing.

    The argument goes deeper, the 1990’s Save the Headlands as a successful campaign could have been awarded or transferred higher densities to the hilltop, to save all of Stands Beach. But, the main leaders of the Save the Headlands Campaigns couldn’t see the problem outside their own front yard, as being so very broad; they couldn’t see the edges of the canvas or how to plan on painting it. Here, the Surfrider Foundation had also failed.

    The Downtown remodel, the Harbor remodel is like this disease. There is not now, or ever an opportunity to enhance the city because there was no leadership to start, to envision the enhancement. Therefore, the math proves that no enhancement will outshine, come forward resulting in the great loss, harmful impacts. An example is the PCH Bridge at Carl’s Jr. What is lost may seem insignificant to most A-students; a couple dozen beautiful views, panoramic and peek views are blocked from the ocean, the hill(s) views and a loss is a loss even if it is just a slice of beach community, becoming a strip-mall boredom zone. This clerical autobiography is what should go on the resume of the politicians running for higher office. They were not care-takers. They were instead, takers-and-spenders, (10 to 100 time spenders ) in their participation in this grand experiment, they did not raise the standard of living but instead, gave more cause for community members, neighbors, hotels, to sell now and get out. Please contact me at DaveBartholomew@cox.net and take steps now to stop these politicians from successfully moving up in office, expanding a wake of corrupt past.

  2. Harold Kaufman
    May 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    I have no idea where Mr. Hill has been since 1990 when the very first City Council began discussing the revitalization of the Town Center area of Dana Point. I have no idea where he was when I was on the City Council and tried to move the Town Center plan forward and, along with Bill Ossenmacher, had numerous public meetings requesting input on a plan for Town Center. Nor do I have any idea where he was during the over 30 public meetings held by the Town Center Committee during Wayne Rayfield’s last term as Mayor. And I guess Mr. Hill must have been absent when Brad Fowler outlined, IN DETAIL, the phases of development for Town Center and the budgets for those.

    Perhaps Mr. Hill was still marveling about the over $10 million dollars the City spent bringing the Capistrano Beach streets, curbs, gutters and storm drains up to standard when we incorporated the city during 1990 to 1995. Or perhaps he was still marveling at the repairs to the bluff face that collapsed on Coast Highway in the 90′s that cost the City a couple of million more.

    Mr. Hill, being egged on by one or two Council Members, wants the City to abandon the plans for the Town Center and concentrate instead on the Doheny Village area where, I am told, he has financial interests. He does not seem to understand that the Town Center plan, which is for all residents of Dana Point, has endured the rigorous planning and approval process through the Planning Commission, the City Council and the always laborious Coastal Commission that took over two years to accomplish. There is not a completed plan yet for Doheny Village.

    Dana Point has no debt. It never has, except for some certificates of participation we took over from the Park District when we merged them into the City (and we paid those off). The funding of Town Center is being done without incurring any debt and the renovation of Doheny Village should be done the same way.

    Completing the funding for both PCH & Del Prado in Town Center is crucial. Not only will businesses on Del Prado lose 75% of the traffic that now goes by them every day, without all of the amenities prescribed in the plan, the entire essence of the Town Center plan is lost and bringing customers to their businesses will be so daunting many will not survive.

    We started by improving Capistrano Beach. Now it is Town Center’s turn. We will get back to Doheny Village as soon as we can.

    Everything in its time Mr. Hill. Doheny Village is important and we will support its development as soon as the Town Center is completed.

  3. Harold Kaufman
    May 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    I have no idea where Mr. Hill has been since 1990 when the very first City Council began discussing the revitalization of the Town Center area of Dana Point. I have no idea where he was when I was on the City Council and tried to move the Town Center plan forward and, along with Bill Ossenmacher, had numerous public meetings requesting input on a plan for Town Center. Nor do I have any idea where he was during the over 30 public meetings held by the Town Center Committee during Wayne Rayfield’s last term as Mayor. And I guess Mr. Hill must have been absent when Brad Fowler outlined, IN DETAIL, the phases of development for Town Center and the budgets for those.

    Perhaps Mr. Hill was still marveling about the over $10 million dollars the City spent bringing the Capistrano Beach streets, curbs, gutters and storm drains up to standard when we incorporated the city during 1990 to 1995. Or perhaps he was still marveling at the repairs to the bluff face that collapsed on Coast Highway in the 90′s that cost the City a couple of million more.

    Mr. Hill, being egged on by one or two Council Members, wants the City to abandon the plans for the Town Center and concentrate instead on the Doheny Village area where, I am told, he has financial interests. He does not seem to understand that the Town Center plan which is for all residents of Dana Point has endured the rigorous planning and approval process through the Planning Commission, the City Council and the always laborious Coastal Commission that took over two years to accomplish. There is not a completed plan yet for Doheny Village.

    Dana Point has no debt. It never has, except for some certificates of participation we took over from the Park District when we merged them into the City (and we paid those off). The funding of Town Center is being done without incurring any debt and the renovation of Doheny Village should be done the same way.

    Completing the funding for both PCH & Del Prado in Town Center is crucial. Not only will businesses on Del Prado lose 75% of the traffic that now goes by them every day, without all of the amenities prescribed in the plan, the entire essence of the Town Center plan is lost and bringing customers to their businesses will be so daunting many will not survive.

    We started by improving Capistrano Beach. Now it is Town Center’s turn. We will get back to Doheny Village as soon as we can.

    Everything in it’s time Mr. Hill. Doheny Village is important and we will support it’s development as soon as the Town Center is completed.

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