I am alarmed when I read the opinions of some who claim that the mayor has put undue emphasis on the arts at the expense of other important issues. Though the upcoming art exchange with the Russians will be a major event, the mayor has not lost sight of her civic responsibilities. We must not forget the mayor's other accomplishments and goals.
Mayor O'Connor has always fought to save San Diego from growing too fast. By regulating growth with the IDO, this city has been spared the rapid growth which has plagued the Los Angeles basin. In her State of the City address, Mayor O'Connor again showed vision in recognizing potential threats to San Diego's beauty and charm. Now, the mayor seeks to preserve San Diego's historical and architectural landmarks from becoming developers' tools.
San Diego needs a tougher historical site ordinance, as the mayor suggests, in order to protect significant sites from demolition or misuse. By requiring a two-thirds vote on any future development of Mission Bay, the mayor's plan has taken power away from the developer and given it back to the people.
It is too late for the Loma Theater and the Mission Beach Plunge.