In reply to a letter in which a reader complains that a housing cap would drive up the price of housing in San Diego, I would remind her that, in the past year, housing prices have risen nearly 12% despite the fact that, even with the Interim Development Ordinance, more than 13,000 units were constructed.
There is a strong possibility that price increases would occur under any circumstances. It is up to the City Council to encourage low-cost housing, which is encouraged under the Quality of Life Initiative.
As far as I'm concerned, slow-growth advocates have already won, even if their measure is defeated, since they have forced a very reluctant City Council to seriously address the growth problem, which for the first time has decided to place a measure on the ballot that will probably contain some type of building cap.
No measure will satisfy everyone, but hardly anyone can deny that all of San Diego will eventually suffer if there is no attempt to control the runaway growth.