Letters to the Editor

Put it on the ballot

Dear Mayor and Del Mar Councilmembers,

In our small city, the massive Watermark development should be placed on the ballot for the voters to decide its fate.

When the zoning of our Community Plan is being changed from one zone to another with such a drastic effect on our quality of life, it should be left to the voters to decide.

Encinitas passed Prop A and it is working very well.

That proposition simply says that when there is a proposed change in zoning, density or height, the people get to decide if the change goes forward and becomes law.

Please put Watermark on the ballot, or, ask the voters to approve all future major zone changes, including the zoning change needed for Watermark.

This seems the best way to protect our Community Plan and quality of life. Let the people decide, yes or no.

Hershell Price,

Del Mar

 

Time for Prom and Graduation

Young people will soon don a tuxedo or dress, and/or cap and gown.  I only wore a cap and gown as I graduated in a wheelchair.

When I was 16 and a Junior at Tracy High in 1992, I was hit head-on by a drunken driver.

I played sports against other San Joaquin county schools.

The crash put me in a coma with brain injuries, paralysis and several broken and dislocated bones.  I was a patient for seven months in two hospitals followed by therapy for 17 months.

Those challenging months prevented me from school, sports, and prom.

Teenage festivities are coming and I was in their shoes once.

Car crashes caused by alcohol change lives forever. I struggle daily with hearing, talking, walking, and I cannot drive.

I planned to attend a California college.  With my disabilities, I could not go to and study at UC San Diego like I did in high school.

Drinking and driving is unwise at any age.

If drinking happens, do not drive.  Designate a sober driver before drinking begins.  Listen to a victim.

Lori Martin

Tracy, California

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