Will DDR Suppress Your Right To Know The Truth?
This Tuesday, May 12, the Supervisors are scheduled to consider whether they want local staff to prepare an analysis of impacts of Developers Diversified Realty’s (DDR) ballot measure for a huge shopping mall at the Masonite site.
Preparing such an analysis for the voters is a clear duty of the county and it is specifically authorized by the state elections code. It is likely to expose some serious problems. Not surprisingly, DDR has issued a call to its supporters to jam the Board chambers to speak in favor of the ballot measure. “We cannot allow them to take control over this process,” says DDR representative David Clark in his over-heated email sent Thursday.
With the collaboration of Board chair John Pinches, the only supervisor who supports DDR, the strategy appears to be to intimidate the Board and to talk the agenda item to death, so there won’t be any objective analysis of the project. If you can attend Tuesday around 1:30 to 2 p.m., please speak up for the public’s right to have some expert analysis of DDR’s impact. If you can’t attend, you can email the Board members at
The Board’s fax number is 463-4245.
Some points to consider…
- We need the traffic engineer who is on local government staff to reveal what the impact will be of DDR’s 5 additional traffic signals in a 1/2 mile stretch of North State Street.
- We need our water agency director to tell what impact DDR will have on the valley’s water supply.
- We need the planning staff to report on how the development rules that DDR has written for itself will compare to our County Zoning Code.
DDR wants to suppress the facts. We need to stand up for the public’s right to know.
See also Jesse Ventura on Larry King→
Thanks to Ron Epstein