In 2000, Newport’s Greenlight slow growth initiative prevented Newport from looking like Manhattan Beach. In 2022, Laguna’s Measure Q has the ability to stop Laguna Beach from ultimately looking like Newport.
The opposition in Newport Beach screamed that Greenlight would destroy the economy and harm businesses, but that never occurred. Opponents spent a million dollars to prevent the residents from controlling their own destiny, but voters saw through the rhetoric and approved the initiative.
Fast forward to Laguna Beach’s Measure Q. Like Greenlight, Measure Q will allow residents to determine how their city will look for their children. Despite the claims of opponents, it won’t require elections for tiny projects and it won’t kill businesses in Laguna. History is also repeating itself in the amount of money opponents are raising to disseminate misinformation about the initiative. Although called ‘grass roots’ by its founders, the main PAC raising money against Measure Q is only a conduit for developer dollars.
Citizens for Laguna’s Future has raised an extraordinary amount of money in the few weeks it has been in existence, almost all of it from developers or business interests. Like Newport, there is sure to be a blizzard of political flyers with inaccurate information opposing Measure Q. I can only hope that Laguna voters are as smart as Newport voters were in 2000.
Susan Skinner, Laguna BeachView Our User Comment Policy