From the Inbox:
_______________________________________________________There's a new Density Bonus project in town! The Weston family is developing approximately 14 acres off La Costa, west of the I-5. Last night's CPP (Citizen Participation Plan) meeting was fronted by none other than David Meyer, the self-described "Entitlement Consultant" for the Weston family.
Meyer's "I always get my way from this city" attitude was evident as residents raised concerns about:
- the 450 cars expected to enter and exit daily through one outlet onto La Costa Blvd.
- the soil that has already turned up, among other ag leftovers, toxaphene, one of the worst known carcinogens. Meyer was hardly conscientious about his handling of contaminated dirt on Nantucket projects (Sheridan and Andrew), with the City equally happy not to enforce compliance. The City is currently deciding "whether" an EIR will be required on this project, even with the presence of toxaphene.
- Meyer's rounding up on base density, despite the Council's recent agreement with the BIA that future development will round down. Meyer simply and with complete confidence stated: "The City is wrong." When asked about his threat to sue the City if it required rounding down, Meyer claimed the person "had their information wrong," even though he had made recent public threats to the Council that he would, in fact, sue.
Testy when asked about previous attempts to get out from under affordable housing requirements, Meyer attempted to rewrite history to a skeptical crowd. Many present knew that the real story on the affordable units on Meyer's Saxony project is that they were traded away, but done under the builder's name, Shea Homes. This was a typically slick move by Meyer, similar to his returning the two affordable lots at Nantucket to Barratt American before BA went bankrupt. Meyer walked away from that one without building the two affordable units he'd promised.
His stock answer to everything was "it's the law," to which audience members responded "it's a sham."
What remains to be seen is how far backward the City will continue to bend for Meyer, given the departures of Vina and Murphy.