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Save the Canyons

May 26, 1985

The recent series of articles on the canyons of San Diego by Ralph Frammolino was excellent and timely. Those of us who think these canyons offer a unique San Diego character, provide a buffer between high-density projects and offer natural recreational opportunities for public use have a formidable task in trying to implement better planning and modify excessive development.

The most significant point arising from this issue is the poor leadership of planners and elected officials, and the lack of policy direction and goals. Unfortunately, the pressure of special interests is on our public officials for rapid growth. It appears to be the same old song and dance; money talks while the concerns of the citizen get put on hold.

If the people of San Diego are concerned about this or other environmental problems, and they should be, they should voice their feelings this fall at the ballot box. It would be a clear and simple message that it is time for a change of priorities. If the people in San Diego express no concern for good planning, moderate growth or retaining a better quality of life, then so be it. But the citizens do have the ability to effect significant change by voting for candidates who will carry forth the wishes of the electorate, not just special interests.

A note of caution: You will hear a great deal of campaign rhetoric that will appear to be in conflict with the actual record of the candidate. Look closely at what each one offers and then ask what each one has done. We can't blame anyone but ourselves for the type of government and direction we vote for.

ROBERT CHAMBERLAIN

San Diego

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