From ELIZA WINGATE
Ukiah Daily Journal
August 12, 2009 Ukiah Valley, Mendocino, North California
DDR and development
To the Editor:
It seems to me that the main issue with DDR is whether a community wants a developer who has no ties to that community to come in and override local planning. If this is allowed, any developer with a great line and money could change the face of your community.
It is not about Costco. There are other sites for Costco. It is not even about development per se. I have not met anyone who expects Ukiah and Mendocino to remain a lost “hippie paradise.” But this is your community. You live here. You pay taxes. The elected officials are elected by you and live amongst you and are accountable to you.
DDR will never be accountable to you, only to their shareholders. That is their job, to make money for their shareholders. And especially if this proposition passes, they do not have to be in any way accountable to you.
This is not a game of monopoly. This will not be a hypothetical free pass. This will be a totally free pass to either develop your community the way they want to or to sell the land to some other developer.
Thanks to Steve Scalmanini