June 18 2004

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico

Letter about who we are and what our goals are: CROSSROADS II

We are taking the time to write this letter because comments we have heard recently lead us to believe there may be some misunderstanding about the independence and mission of CROSSROADS II (CII). 

CII is a grassroots, totally volunteer organization of South Bay residents who have come together to work for the best interests of city residents. The roots of CII come from a joining of Chula Vistans who were working to protect the neighborhoods of northwest Chula Vista with another group who were working to protect the quality of neighborhoods near Southwestern College. … Our focus is land use and development issues facing the city, and we do not endorse or oppose candidates for office. (However, we may take stands on ballot propositions.) We publish a quarterly (more or less) newsletter and maintain a website, www.chulavistacrossroads.tripod.com.

Independence:  CII’s positions on issues are decided by an eleven-member Steering Committee. We believe this committee is broadly representative of the city, with residents from both east and west Chula Vista, political views all over the spectrum, and current or former careers in real estate, urban planning, teaching, law, military, and contracting. … CII is completely independent, un-affiliated with any other organization.  Although no other group or organization is authorized to speak on behalf of CII, from time to time we may join with other groups who feel as we do in supporting or opposing a particular proposal.

Mission:  True to the legacy of the original CROSSROADS, CII sees itself as a responsible group of citizens which recognizes the inevitability of growth. Our vision of Chula Vista is a city with a strong identity, stable neighborhoods, a city-wide landmark park, a major research university, a bayfront developed in a way that is inviting to the public and protective of the Sweetwater Wildlife Refuge, a vibrant downtown, and efficient and attractive ways of getting from one place to another. As we grow, we think it is essential that growth be managed so that the infrastructure (schools, roads, parks, transit systems) necessary to support such growth occurs in advance of or simultaneously with it.

Patricia Aguilar, Pres.
on behalf of the Steering Committee

Energy Conservation and Immigration need tough love

As a long-time conservationist, I actually love the term that is supposed to trivialize us - “Tree-Hugger”. Though mono-lingual, through the wonders of an online translator, I was able to read the article - Los Californianos Responden al Llamado de la Eficiencia y Ahorran Energía, Agua y Dinero from your 6/11 online edition. Of course we should all be encouraged - maybe even coerced - to conserve water and energy. But I must raise the question of how our conservation will mitigate for each decade’s 6 million more residents? I’ve lived in SoCalif. for most of my 67 years and have seen the population triple and at present rates it will triple again in about 35 years. Since immigration is the motor that drives our population increase, one must ask when is enough, enough?  As the mother of a recovering drug addict, the concept of “Tough Love” was forced on our family as a necessary prerequisite to our loved-one’s recovery. That was tough on us, too. But the eventual outcome was worth the tears and struggles. I think that immigration - both legal and illegal now count at 3 million a year nationwide - must be approached with the same degree of toughness and from the same loving motives. We conserve water and energy, because we want to be good stewards of our state’s resources. Ditto for our understanding that immigration must be serve our nation and our people, not the other way around.

Barbara Vickroy

72 hour parking limit, where are the signs?

In regards to the traffic police cash cow harassing our neighborhood, our citizens can’t even go to school, church or even own a car without getting ticketed or harassed. The city doesn’t have signs posted across National City to let people know not to park more than 72 hours in any area. It was my understaniding that his law was designated for business areas and busy streets, not quiet neighborhood cull de sacs. We would like to see signs all around the city since it is being enforced everywhere… This is a very poor city and our citizens do not need to finance city hall beyond their taxes.

Diane Salinas
National City

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