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EILEEN GREENE, San Clemente
Please allow me to address the points brought up in the letter “Yes in My Backyard by the Sea,” by Mr. Murphy.
Mr. Murphy’s concern is about what he says is the housing crisis in San Clemente. The solutions Mr. Murphy is suggesting would change the vision the founder of this beautiful city had in mind, and not for the better.
Mr. Murphy wants to establish policy to abolish single-family residential zoning, exclusionary zoning, building-height restrictions and historical preservation altogether. He wants to implement progressive taxation to fund permanent support housing for the homeless and social housing for low-income earners, and have housing cooperatives.
Mr. Murphy mentioned that our golf courses take up significant amounts of natural resources and are another obstacle to his solution for more housing. San Clemente is a beautiful strip of oceanfront property and scenic foothills.
There are many residents who have worked very hard their whole lives to retire in this beautiful city because of the very things that Mr. Murphy suggests doing away with.
People appreciate the historical landmarks such as the Casa Romantica Cultural Center, the San Clemente Pier, etc. These landmarks are examples of outstanding design and characterize a way of life.
Mr. Murphy is suggesting getting rid of single-family zoning? There are many young families who come here to raise their families in these planned communities offering a small-town “neighborhood” vibe.
His suggestion to get rid of building-height restrictions shows his lack of concern for other homeowners/renters who enjoy views of the natural coastline or the foothills.
He wants to build and build and build multiple units, and with no height restrictions, buildings as high as apartment buildings. There are already multiple-unit structures throughout the city.
His suggestions will bring congestion, more parking issues, more crime, more problems. What Mr. Murphy is proposing will abolish the small-town atmosphere that San Clemente has managed to maintain despite having a thriving and growing economy.
I say, no, not in my backyard.