I’d like to directly address something I’ve heard from a few people: “Bob supported Measure G, the Marisol project. That means that he’ll sell out our Community Plan to the highest bidder.”
Nothing could be further from the truth!
I thought it was critical for Marisol to go to a public vote. That’s what we’ve done in the past on key projects: the Hotel and Plaza, 941 Camino del Mar, and Prop. J (downtown revitalization). In each of those cases, the community discussion and debate was critically important in shaping big projects and staying true to the vision and goals of our Community Plan.
The Community Plan itself went to a public vote (twice!), and set the standard for the robust citizen activism that is the hallmark of the Del Mar way. The Community Plan is of utmost importance to me.
Measure G posed complex issues, and reasonable people could and did disagree. I supported Measure G, and believe I had good reasons for doing so. Nevertheless, I understood that there were good arguments on both sides, and that the most important thing was to have a thorough public debate and vote. We did, and now we have a clear decision. Now, it’s time to move on to address our current challenges.
I am proud of the fact that many of my early endorsers are supporting me even though they disagreed with my position on Measure G (and perhaps other issues as well). They understand from knowing and working with me over the past 20 years that, even though we may disagree on a particular issue, we still share the same underlying values and goals. They also understand, as do I, that it is time to stop looking backward and re-litigating the issues that have already been decided, and start looking forward and working together toward building a better future.
As embodied in our Community Plan, our values and goals include: maintaining Del Mar as a village-like community, preserving our special neighborhood character, protecting our environment and open space, and promoting a vital downtown. I am totally committed to these values and goals.
If you would like to discuss any of this, or if you ever hear anything about me that concerns you, please pick up the phone and give me a call at 858-342-4656. You still may end up not voting for me, but at least your decision will be based on what I have said rather than what you have heard second hand.
Paid for by Gans for Council 2020, Joel Holliday, Treasurer