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DANA POINT RESIDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT WIN MEASURE H IN A LANDSLIDE VICTORY
Measure H passes with competing City Council Measure I rejected by Dana Point voters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sandie Iverson
Cell: (949) 463-0819
June 8, 2016, (Dana Point, CA)………….Measure H, the pro-development Citizen’s Initiative supporting Dana Point’s original Town Center Plan was overwhelmingly approved by voters with a whopping 19% margin. With 24 of 24 precincts reported by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, preliminary results show that Measure H passed with 59.3% voting Yes. On the other hand, the Dana Point City Council’s competing initiative failed with 59% of Dana Point voters giving Measure I a resounding thumbs down. The voters were smart enough to cut through the confusing and misleading information Measure I supporters disseminated in a failed attempt to defeat Measure H.
This two year Citizen’s Initiative process was brought for and by the people of Dana Point to first qualify Measure H as a ballot measure and then to support a campaign against well-funded PACs, including “Save Public Parking, No on H; Yes on I” and Dana Point Taxpayers Association.
Betty Hill, President of Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development, commented as the election results trickled in late last night, “The people of Dana Point voted to protect Dana Point’s charming village atmosphere while promoting responsible growth and redevelopment program in our downtown area. Central to that was sticking to our approved 2008 Town Center Plan which had overwhelming support from our citizens, businesses, City Council, and unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission. When past Councilmen Brough, Weinberg and current Councilman Olvera voted to give huge variances and deeply discounted in-lieu parking fees to a developer, hundreds of residents lined up to voice their concerns to city staff, at planning commission and council meetings, and in local press outlets, but our city leaders seemed to pay no attention to the residents’ pleas.”
“Thanks to all the thousands of residents who voted, and the countless hours of volunteer resident-based public outreach and education, especially in light of a six-figure, well-funded politically savvy campaign machine and City Council members that worked very, very hard to discourage and confuse the voting public,” said Debra Lewis, Dana Point resident and one of the authors of Measure H. Who further commented, “It took a lot of courage for every day residents and taxpayers to stand up to big money, out of town developers, vandals who stole our signs, threw trash from “Firetruck” vehicles, and a small handful of special interest “empty lot” owners and a city council that is deliberately ignoring and defying thousands of its constituents!”
Weighing in with additional heavy support to the campaign was Assemblyman William (Bill) Brough who supported the City Council’s I-campaign with “non-monetary contribution” mailers, postage, robocalls and district office staff campaign support (also paid campaign consulting stipends by the two PACs). One of Mr. Brough’s mailers included an insidious and unfounded attack on a specific Dana Point small business immediately after the business displayed a Yes on H, No on I sign in front of its establishment.
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