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DP logoBy Annette Szlachta-McGinn, Dana Point

My husband and I enjoyed a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the Dana Point Art Walk on May 15. The artwork was a pleasure to view, and the artists were congenial and enthusiastic about the event and the lovely Del Prado, Lantern District venue.

The Art Walk was marred, however, by a group of sign-toting, attendee-accosting group of Ballot Measure H supporters.

My husband and I were approached by a sign-waver, and when we said we were not interested in discussing the ballot measure, he made a dismissive gesture at us and stalked away. We were happy to be rid of him because we felt the event was an inappropriate place to politick.

The city, the local business community and the artists put on a great show for Dana Pointers and out-of-town guests, which was, unfortunately, rudely interrupted by a partisan group. They won’t deter us from taking pleasure in our city’s delights, and we look forward to more events planned for all to enjoy. 

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  • Oh no, say it isn’t so! Someone was actually exercising their democratic right and freedom of speech during an ELECTION of all things to express how they felt about an important issue and had the nerve to do it at the sanctified ART WALK??? Oh dear, what is this world coming to!

  • Long-Time Resident Reply

    You made the correct decision. I spoke to a few Measure H supporter, and they were very emotional and irrational.

    • LTR at least the Measure H supporters are truthful, unlike your lying Measure I propaganda which has no basis of fact.

    • Perhaps they were emotional because its a crying shame what you guy want to do to this town.

    • Long-Time Resident Reply

      We want mixed-use development as envisioned in the TC plan. Without the Sept parking amendment, it was uneconomic. In a May, 5, 2015 report, Brad Fowler states, “The [Advent] developer has communicated that the total project cost exceeds the projected revenue. “

  • Seriously the Measure H people are so annoying. They go on these long-winded rants constantly and it just sounds like they’re nuts.

  • Dear Annette,

    I was at the ART WALK as a supporter of Measure H. People approached me because they were confused about the measures and wanted information. Most people appreciated the time and effort spent by our volunteers who, unlike the proponents of Measure I, are not paid and have nothing personal at stake.

    I thought the ART WALK was wonderful and hope it will grow and be successful. One element for success is providing adequate parking. Measure H requires developers to provide parking for their Town Center projects per the City’s Zoning Code as required in the 2008 Town Center Plan approved by the community. Is that unreasonable?

    Looking forward to more ART WALKS in the future!

  • My wife and her friend went to the Art Walk. She said they were approached by the Yes on H people, and after just a few comments the H people turned their attention to a man and his wife and started yelling at the couple. She said the couple had to cross the street and escape the barrage by ducking into a restaurant. I think everybody that’s out actively supporting these issues needs to calm down and respectfully communicate their positions. Personal attacks and bullying is BS!

  • “Long-Time Resident” and “Lifelong DP” why don’t you identify yourselves and tell us your real names? Are you afraid to blow your cover as backers pushing Measure I? Measure H backers are proud to support Measure H and the original Town Center Plan. We don’t feel the need to hide behind pseudonyms.

    If you mean by “disrupted art walk” that we were able to talk face to face with voters and give them the facts, you’re right. Voter reaction was very positive.

  • I was very confused about both issues. I have looked at both issues in the voter pamphlet and read every boring word. I sill believe the Pro H people lied when they asked for my signature.
    I think all parties are too emotional. NIMBY at it’s finest. Everyone just calm down, read what’s available and make your own decision and vote.

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