March 2, 2007

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público

Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 1 marked the start of Women’s History Month. In this historic year for women in which Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi shattered the marble ceiling, a record number of women were elected to Congress, the first woman president was named at Harvard, and Wimbledon agreed to pay women players the same as men, Women’s History Month serves as an important celebration of the progress that has been made by women as well as a reminder of the obstacles that still exist today. Our elected leaders should take note of these firsts and make policies that will ensure such barriers continue to fall.

The minimum wage is also a woman’s issue since so many single mothers work at entry level jobs. The minimum wage should be a living wage. Further more opportunities to pave the way for women to enter and stay in college in order to improve their education and income needs to be enacted.

It is a time to be thankful for the progress made, and a time to continue efforts toward equity.

This year, the American Association of University Women, one of the oldest and most respected women’s organizations, celebrates 125 years of influencing the social, political, and economic status of women. I am proud to join with them in recognizing March as Women’s History Month, because equity is still an issue.

B. Arias
San Marcos

Chula Vista: General Plan Protection Stands On Its Own

Opponents are trying to draw attention away from the real purpose of the General Plan Protection Initiative which was recently submitted with over 20,000 voter signatures.

The purpose of the Initiative is to protect the General Plan in two ways. First, the General Plan,  adopted in December 2005 after nearly four years of extensive community input, designated high rise areas near the “E” St. trolley station, the “H” St. trolley station, and a new location known as the Eastern Urban Core next to State Route 125 now under construction. The General Plan Protection Initiative provides that any amendment to the General Plan which would allow buildings over 84 feet outside those designated areas would have to be approved by the voters.

Secondly, the General Plan Protection Initiative protects the character and scale of the historic Third Avenue Village between “E” St. and “G” St. by capping the height of buildings on lots fronting on Third Ave. at 45 feet. The proposed Urban Core Specific Plan (“UCSP”) created by the City would cap most of this area at 45 feet. However, under the UCSP there are four sections allowing buildings up to 84 feet (about 7 stories) which would dominate the street, create traffic issues and change the “small town” character of the village forever.

The Bayfront area was exempted from the General Plan and is also exempted from our initiative.

The opposition claims property owners would sue the city for loss of value because of the Initiative. This is false, as restrictions have already been placed on property owners by the General Plan and identical restrictions are proposed by the City’s own UCSP.

The opposition also claims that Initiative supporter Earl Jentz has properties just off Third Ave that will go up in value because of the Initiative. This is false, because even though Jentz has two small parcels two blocks away near Friendship Park on Garrett Avenue, the Initiative will not change the use or value of these properties. Earl Jentz also owns multiple properties that would be (under the initiative) restricted from buildings higher than 84', which shows that Mr. Jentz is willing to support a ballot measure that imposes the same restrictions on him as it does on others.

These opponents are raising red herring issues. Please read and support the Initiative- Chula Vista’s future depends on what we do today!

Steve Haskins, Spokesperson
Citizens for Community Input

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