NIMBYs Lose A Big One
We had a big NIMBY-vs-visionary vote here in OC yesterday, as Santa Ana voters re-decided what their elected officials had already decided: That a high-rise office building downtown would be a good thing for the city and the developer has successfully jumped through the many complex hoops required to earn approval.
Local NIMBYs were livid at the council's decision and qualified a ballot measure that forced the public to spend money that could have been spent better elsewhere to carry out a special election. This morning, once again, they are licking their wounds, failing by a 56.5 to 43.5 margin (landslide!) to kill the building. (OC Register coverage here)
It's another well-deserved defeat of the unsound and dangerous principle of ballot-box planning. The people who promote this cause are self-centered and fail to see the greater public good of the projects they are fighting.