The BevMo! construction project where Del Prado meets Pacific Coast Highway. Photo: Matt Cortina
The BevMo! construction project where Del Prado meets Pacific Coast Highway. Photo: Matt Cortina

By Kristina Pritchett

Last week, more than 10,000 Dana Point residents cast their votes to decide which measure they wanted to see reside over development in the city. Now, residents are asking what happens next in the city regarding that vote.

Currently, votes are still being counted from mail-in votes, but the results have only changed slightly. As of Thursday morning, there were 6,071 (58.7 percent) votes in favor of the 2015 Town Center Initiative (Measure H) and 6,069 (58.8 percent) votes against the Town Center and Public Parking Improvement Measure (Measure I).

Multiple city officials declined to go on the record to state what the next steps for the city would be as well as their timelines. Dana Point Mayor John Tomlinson only sent over his previous statement (printed in the Dana Point Times last week) when asked specific questions about the implementation and impacts of Measure H. City Manager Doug Chotkevys stated “nothing has changed” since the mayor’s last statement, and they are waiting until the Registrar confirms the vote.

Two supporters of Measure H, Debra Lewis and Sandie Iverson, said the next step would be to wait for the official election results to be announced, then the Orange County Registrar of Voters will send the city certification of the election results.

“They must do this no later than the fourth Friday after the election,” Lewis said.

Once the city receives the certification, they must declare the vote during a Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, but the results may not be official by then.

Lewis said the Council could call a special meeting to do so, and would only need to post notice 24 hours before the meeting.

The measure must then make its way to the California Coastal Commission for approval. Previously, city officials have said requests to the Commission could be a lengthy process, and in the past has taken up to a year or longer.

Iverson and Lewis don’t believe the process will take too long because they say the measure is de minimis, which means minimal changes are marked on the code that was previously approved by the Commission.

If the Coastal Commission approves Measure H, then it will be implemented into the city.

City officials would not go on the record to state if the Commission might have objections to items in the measure, or if the Commission offers suggestions to the measure, if it would then go back to the residents to vote on it.

“We’re paying attention to a few things to see if the city is going to cooperate or not,” Lewis said.

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  • Not both sides can have 58% of the vote. It makes no sense to get 100% of the vote.

  • With today’s updated results from the Registrar of Voters (www.voteoc.com) showing no more pending updates, it’s final excepting the formality of certification. Measure H received 6,477 yes votes (58.7%) and 4,554 no votes (41.3%). Mirroring these numbers Measure I received 4,558 yes votes (41.4%) and 6,449 no votes (58.6%). Even more impressive is how broad the support for H was city wide. There are 24 precincts in Dana Point and H won in 21 of these, the only precincts to vote down H were the three precincts that are the furthest west in Dana Point. This commanding passage of Measure H is a very powerful statement to our elected and city officials regarding the development of our town center.

    • To follow on DP Local’s comments about a powerful statement, we all ( about 6477 of us) owe a big debt of gratitude to the people who put the 2015 Town Center Initiative on the ballot and then ran the campaign to get Measure H approved. Their accomplishment came at considerable personal financial expense and after a long effort. They fought back and did not give up when the resources of our entire city government, including the City attorney and 4 of 5 city councilmen were positioned against them.

      I applaud their courage, persistence and judgement. Thanks particularly to Buck and Betty Hill without whom none of this would have happened.

  • Well said Steve! Most amazing to me is that despite being outspent about 7 to 1, the Measure H citizens group managed to get its message across. There was so much confusion wrought by Measure I that it’s amazing the vote was so even for both sides in terms of yes and no votes. I expected to see a lot of double “nos”, but somehow the word got out. This is proof that Dana Point citizens are awake; that they were not happy with the direction Council
    was going, and that they saw through the ruse and decided to take back their town. The Hills and their committee are heroes in my book. They may be saddled with legal fees thanks to the petty lawsuit brought by 4 Measure I supporters ( helped substantially by City Attorney Patrick Munoz and our own misguided Assemblyman, Bill Brough ). Here’s hoping the judge will see this dirty trick for what it was and let each side cover legal costs. If not, I hope citizens will make donations to savedanapoint to help cover these costs. The Measure H group did us all a huge favor and hopefully stopped a weak and runaway Council
    from running completely off the rails. Stay alert Dana Point and keep watching this Council closely. It’s rare for leopards to change their spots.

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