Richard Bailey

Question:

There are many projects, and potential projects, before the City of Coronado. From questions on Grand Caribe & Shoreline Park in the Cays, AICUZ and Ocean Boulevard concerns, to a water treatment plant on Glorietta Bay, and the list goes on. There isn’t a corner of Coronado that doesn’t face potential change. What do you feel are the three most significant items facing Coronado and each of its unique localities, the Cays, Shores, and Village?

Answer:

Two of the things people hate the most are “change” and “keeping things the same.” The truth is that change can be either an opportunity or a risk. Some of the potential changes we face are opportunities to enhance our city while remaining true to our community’s character; and other potential changes are a risk that we must protect against. 

The three most significant potential changes we face are from external forces, such as the state of California, local control of Orange Avenue, and a pragmatic approach to environmental initiatives to protect our air and water.  

Politics does not end where the bridge begins so we need continued strong leadership to represent our interests throughout the region. Risks from external forces such as the state’s RHNA housing mandate, the Port of San Diego’s Bayfront Master Plan, and the Airport Authority’s AICUZ pose potentially undesirable changes to our community. I am proud the city council is unanimously standing up for our community and actively pursuing all options to mitigate the potential risks these initiatives pose to our city.

Some potential changes represent an opportunity for Coronado. Local control of State Highways 75 and 282 give us an opportunity to improve the safety, appearance, and pedestrian experience along our busiest streets. We can, for the first time, create a neighborhood-feel along the Third and Fourth Street corridor. We can now reimagine the business district along Orange Ave and enhance the overall experience for everyone. We can make changes along the Silver Strand to improve traffic flow for residents of the Cays and Shores. Local control of these state highways represents a tremendous opportunity for our community. 

During the last four years, the city council made pragmatic environmental initiatives a top priority for the first time in our city’s history. From pursuing a credible climate action plan that includes a carbon sequestration strategy through the planting of thousands of new trees, a water reclamation plant to irrigate our parks with recycled water, to cleaning up the Tijuana River Valley, all of these changes will result in cleaner air and cleaner water. By following through on these changes, Coronado will become a more desirable and sustainable place to call home. 

Change is inevitable, but it is not inherently bad. If we mitigate the risk some changes can present and seize the opportunity that some change can be, we will become a better city and community.

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