PBID Is Dead: Don’t Feel the Pressure to Sign Petition

TeamPBID pressures property owners into signing petitions. Is that how PBID is going to work in La Mesa? Is that how we will build a unified community?

It's no surprise that TeamPBID will be out in full force to try to resuscitate PBID. 

  •    Expect a knock on your door
  •    Expect a personal face-to-face visit
  •    Expect high pressure to make you sign the petition.

But you don't have to change your mind.  You can be assured that a huge number of your neighbors have already made their decision NOT to support PBID.

Let's face the fact:  PBID is DEAD. 

It has a DNR order.

Let's learn from our mistakes.

1) Make contact with everyone within the district BEFORE committee work.

2) Bring everyone to the negotiation table.

3) Be open to suggestions, criticisms, and concerns of the plan.

4) Allow the plan to change to fit the needs of our community.

5) Be aware of current economic stresses. (what the market can bear)

After Saturday's coming together event, let's come back to the table and work out  a plan that everyone can be proud of.  We ain't there yet.

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Bill Jaynes February 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
On August 19, 2010, Ed Henning, the PBID Assessment Engineer hired with parking meter monies nominally dedicated to "fund[ing] downtown improvements", had an interesting exchange with a member of City Staff. Apparently responding to a question about timelines and the certainty of "PBID's" passing, Mr. Henning wrote to this staffer about the petition phase, "For assurance, I'm not aware of a PBID that has cleared the 50% threshold that hasn't also received a favorable vote at the Prop 218 ballot stage. A few of that "other" consultant's PBIDs where he has set up a Charter City PBID authority that lowers the petition threshold to 30%, have come very close when the ballots are cast but not when there's a 50% petition requirement." Do you dispute the historical experience and expertise of your own project engineer, L.M.P.B.I.D.S., or do you now agree that we should restore confidence and heal wounds in the Village by starting afresh? I've uploaded the full email above. Keep in mind when you read it, that this email was written back during the secret meetings of 2010, when the City was still pretending that the Streetscape Project hinged upon "PBID" and City Staffers were openly discussing whether they could trust the Committee with "confidential" documents. As you know, this stance has since been repudiated in open Council, and the two are officially de-linked, even though some advocates--surely not you, L.M.P.B.I.D.S.--continue to gloss over that fact.
Things I Learned February 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Things I Learned February 19, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Thanks JW I knew you would chime in eventually.
Bill Jaynes February 19, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I can't tell if you're pulling my leg, Jason, but yes, that is essentially what I am saying. The ONLY way to force any meaningful changes to "PBID" at this late date is to stop and start over with something reasonable. Otherwise we will be stuck forever with this backroom originated tax scheme/de facto rezoning, a shadowy "Property Owner's Association" that drops even the pretense of open meetings that the Formation Committee at least paid lip service to, and 5% annual tax increases until one of two things occurs: either corporate entities turn the Village into another Gaslamp (one of the stated goals) or these 100 year old buildings sit vacant like Downtown El Cajon (believe it or not, another "role model") where it looks like a neutron bomb went off. As to your question below, yes I am a little disappointed that the Team never seems to get back to me--except to call me a liar or a nut case--but I remain hopeful that will change, if not now, then the next time around. After some honest self-assessment as to what went wrong, after a stake is driven through the heart of "PBID", maybe it will be possible to come together, allow for meaningful participation, and work toward a serious solution. Bill Jaynes ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BRITISH 619 464 2298 (located at the corner of 4th and La Mesa for 30+ years)
Craig Maxwell February 20, 2012 at 09:59 PM
PBID people less than fully candid? You don't say? Shocking! After all, the PBID was Art Madrid's idea, and we all know what a paragon of virtue he is. Right?


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