The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board
San Diego Union Tribune
October 22, 2018
California has an awful poverty crisis fueled by a vast housing shortage that drives housing costs sky-high. The last thing this state needs is further displays of “not in my back yard” NIMBYism.
But that’s just what’s going on in Oceanside, where the group called Save Open space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) gathered signatures for the ballot measure that became Measure Y. It would require that any proposed zone change on land now designated for agriculture or open space go before city voters. The main effect would be on 3,340 acres of agriculture zoned land in the South Morro Hills area of northeast Oceanside. SOAR’s web page scoffs at the idea that Measure Y is anti-housing, noting that under present zoning, owners of the ag land can still build one home per 2.5 acres. SOAR also says that prominent farmers who have been critical of Measure Y do so not because they fear its effect on their businesses but because they are aligned with developers eager to put up high-density housing. SOAR dismisses the idea that Measure Y would sharply limit the value of farmland.
But a study done by The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute of Point Loma Nazarene University commissioned by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce backs up the farmers’ warnings that Measure Y is a clear threat to their staying in business and is likely to lead to fallow land in South Morro Hills. The measure is driven more by NIMBYism than a principled devotion to helping farmers. This is why The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board recommends a no vote on Measure Y.
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