Opinion: Santee residents reject plans to build a home on Fanita Ranch

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Re”Santee again approves 3,000-home Fanita Ranch development bypassing voters” (Sept. 15): Let me break down how Fanita Ranch is a bad idea: 1) too many people; 2) Too much traffic; 3) Fire hazard/lack of evacuation; 4) Drought/water shortage.

Traffic in Santee is as problematic as Highway 52. ​​How did this project qualify as essential housing? The housing needed is to increase affordability, and yet only 150 units are in the low- or moderate-income categories — some of which could be built overseas. How does this help the people of Santee? How can the mayor claim that removing the referendum from the November ballot has nothing to do with moving the project forward?

Residents deserve a vote on this issue, especially if it increases residential density. The mayor and city council were elected by the voters and must do what the voters want – no Rancho Fanita. Put it on the ballot.

Michelle Pope

Santi

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What incredible arrogance to the residents and voters of East County. The unnamed east-west street on the map is Mast Boulevard, which is already a congested entry and exit for neighboring neighborhoods. What did the city council think?

Well, anyone who reads the article in its entirety can see what they’re thinking: let’s throw every wrench we can to disenfranchise voters. Legal mumbo jumbo. From an environmental perspective, do we really need another 3,000 homes that require flushing toilets and electricity? And affordable housing? This phrase is mutually exclusive. People like the Normal Heights resident who wants “parks, community farms and solar energy” must be mindful of the actual costs, including the threat of wildfires and overpopulation. Idyllically speaking, it sounds wonderful; then there is reality.

What happened to “Of the people, by the people, for the people”? I guess that’s fine, as long as the almighty dollar and developers come first.

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