Casinos, resorts, hotels, country clubs, factories, and luxury homes on sprawling, multi-acre lots. READ THE MEASURE
The wealthy, out-of-state backers of Measure A wrote it to protect the Golden Door Spa, which campaign finance records show has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Measure A. This luxury resort near Escondido attracts the rich and famous, who pay $10,000 a week. The owners are among the richest people in the world.
These extremely wealthy Wall Street investors want to keep affordable homes far away from their exclusive hotel and force them into congested neighborhoods. Their measure exempts commercial and industrial developments, including casinos, hotels and expanding the Golden Door.
Measure A requires a countywide vote to add just six houses to the County’s General Plan, a planning document that guides growth in the unincorporated areas of the county. That is not a typo: If someone wants to add as few as six affordable homes, Measure A would force 1.6 million voters to the ballot box to approve that change in addition to the County’s current approval process.
The measure uses deceptive language to gloss over this absurd 6-unit threshold: “The voter approval requirement shall not apply: Where the General Plan amendment increases the maximum number of allowed dwelling units by five or fewer.” Click here to read the measure.
But Measure A puts no limits at all on hotels, resorts, casinos, country clubs, office buildings, warehouses, or factories in our rural and semi-rural areas. Worst of all, for 20 years Measure A would block most or all changes to the County’s General Plan – a document planning experts say should be regularly updated to guide growth and respond to community needs. That won’t happen if voters approve this measure.
“People move to Riverside or south of the border when they can’t afford to live in San Diego, and then they commute here for work – adding tons of greenhouse gases to our air. We should not do anything to make things worse, and Measure A would absolutely do that. It’s a terrible measure any way you slice it, which is why we need to make sure voters oppose it in March.”