Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Real Defenders

Donna Littlejohn wrote an article that appeared in the Saturday January 20, 2007 edition of The Daily Breeze.

In her article, which is titled: Ponte Vista Forum Finds Defenders, I feel she accurately accounted for many of the speakers who spoke in support of Mr. Bisno's project.

I don't mind at all that I did not read about many of the statement made by critics of the plan to build 2,300 homes on 61.53 acres of land in northwest San Pedro, because I will deal with that further down on the post.

Please enjoy Ms. Littlejohn's article.

Ms. Littlejohn also wrote, what I feel is a very good article, in the same edition of the paper. It is an article concerned with my city's response to the Ponte Vista at San Pedro project.

I have placed a link to that article as well, for your enjoyment.

Ponte Vista has its defenders, no doubt about that. Whether they feel they have accurate information about the project, or whether they know as many facts about the project as I hope they would, I have nothing personally against any defenders of Ponte Vista.

Many defenders of Mr. Bisno's plans may have the opportunity to sell their larger San Pedro homes and move into smaller digs in the Senior Housing section of the planned project.

There are defenders who feel they believe that condominiums and townhomes being planned for Ponte Vista might actually be lower priced than similar units and even many single family homes in the San Pedro area.

It was certainly apparent that, during the forum, supporters of Mr. Bisno's plans have been given information from Mr. Bisno's organization and that they accurately shared what they believe to be true.

I happen to feel it is in every one's interest that folks like me help to defend everyone in the nearby residences and the community as a whole.

I also think defending the truth and attempting to inform everyone, including supporters and defenders of the Ponte Vista project, is very important, too.

It is also true that misinformation is ripe on all sides of the issue, but I still feel this blog provides more accurate information than just about anywhere else. To be sure, there are plenty of critics to this blog, and that really keeps be constantly seeking to provide the truth and clear up confusions, but I would stack my facts up against anyone else and have a real go around seeing who is more correct.

Defending the entire area should be critical to everyone, I feel. I am one of the staunchest defenders of Mr. Bisno's right to build homes on his property per the current zoning guidelines on his property. But it is not up to me, Mr. Bisno, or anyone in city government to defend his right to build homes using guidelines for R1, because he already has that right and ability to do that construction.

Many of us are defending our current way of life and transit issues. Defenders of Western Avenue are passionate about not letting traffic get more worse than it will already become. These defenders do not believe that construction of 2,300 homes at Ponte Vista could actually provide a "less than significant" addition to our already significant traffic woes.

So to the defenders of Mr. Bisno's plans, please be as well informed as you can and know that there are defenders out there who want to make sure that everyone in the community is kept from having to deal with such a large development near our homes and that Western Avenue won't become a four-isle parking lot.

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