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Steve Stewart, Dana Point
It is interesting to see that Mayor Carlos Olvera is concerned about his public image regarding water conservation (per his letter to the editor in last week’s issue of the Dana Point Times).
Unfortunately, he does not show the same concern for how Dana Point residents and voters view his City Council votes. In 2013 and 2014, he voted to spend $20 million of our city reserves on Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado road and streetscape construction related to the Town Center Plan. That did not improve driving conditions on PCH, in fact, quite the contrary.
In October 2014, he voted to grant egregious height and parking variances to the massive Majestic project, overriding the Planning Commission and our existing zoning standards for height and parking. Anyone who has seen the height and volume elevations for this project knows how out of scale and inappropriate this project will be for our city. Let us all hope it isn’t built.
Soon he will have to vote on requiring developers to supply adequate parking for their Town Center developments. Expect parking responsibility to be transferred from the developers to the taxpayers. If approved, the economic value lost by our city due to those parking concessions may well exceed the amount dumped into PCH and Del Prado, not to mention the inconvenience to all of us who might need to park in the Town Center area. Dana Point residents need to wake up and realize what a hole we are digging for our city as a result of these decisions. Mayor Carlos Olvera is concerned about what you think about his water position. Let him know how you feel about the rest of what he is voting for.