Cypress Council: $330K for Race Track “Vision?”

(Cypress, CA, 2/25/2017)   [Editor’s Note:  There are at least two causes for concern about Cypress’ City Manager’s proposal:  1) Is it a good use of taxpayer money, which George Pardon addresses first.  2)  Under what conditions might it be a good use of taxpayer money?  & 3) What should be the City’s goals for such a study, both of which I will address at the end of George’s article.]

1.  Is this a good use of taxpayer money?

By George Pardon:  At this Monday’s Cypress City Council Meeting (2/27/2017)  Agenda Item 9 under New Business proposes spending $330,000 of the City’s money to develop a vision for the future development of the race track property.

When the school district sought a zone change to rezone MacKay School and the District Office, the city didn’t pay for it.  Most recently, the city has asked two developers to propose plans for the city’s 13 acre site but the city isn’t paying for it.

While there might be some value in the city taking the lead on how the race track property should be developed in the future, the implication is that the city and the residents didn’t provide any input into the last process.  Just like the city takes the lead on Environmental Impact Reports, the property owner reimburses the city.  After all, who is the primary financial beneficiary of the rezoning of the property if not the property owner?

If the city has an extra $330,000 to spend, maybe they need to hear from the residents as to how they think it should be spent.

One statement in the agenda item may indicate the catalyst behind this push by the city to have this property rezoned: Continue reading

Problems with Cypress’ Measure GG:

California Chrome cropped(Cypress, CA, 10/3/2016, by Dave Emerson)  Do you get a feeling of “here we go again” as you read the pro-GG Flyers or Ballot Argument?

2012, Measure L: The Race Track owners promised a 33 acre Continuing Care Seniors’ Facility if we’d approve Measure L.   What Cypress almost got was a  240 bay ProLogs truck terminal.  And, especially if GG passes, that ProLogis Terminal may come back, because ground has yet to be broken for the Senior Housing that was approved last year by Cypress.

2013, Measure A:   The Track’s two owners  were back with glowing descriptions of a park & homes on 47 acres.  Cypress voters were not about to be tricked two years in a row, and rejected Measure A by more than 2 to 1.

2016, Measure GG:  Now they want us upzone all 170 acres they have left! 

They promise, but can’t guarantee a 32 acre “town center” with a “vibrant mix” of uses.  The “town center” could just as easily be  32 acres of ten story office and commercial buildings! Continue reading