The Truth About Measure U
by Anne Marie Cesario, May 4, 2016
The people against Measure U are over-reacting to this minor zoning change and they are misleading people about what Measure U will do. The no on U arguments are unfounded, uneducated, unfair and unjust!
Don’t be fooled by the Politicians and their well-meaning but misled supporters.
Many of these people do not live in Fort Bragg and have no business trying to influence zoning ordinances meant to protect our community.
Measure U supports quality social services for our most needy and vulnerable. We want the best for our clients and our community.
Measure U supports all social services in the district before January of 2015, they are grandfathered in.
Yes on Measure U protects and keeps Art Explorers, Project Sanctuary and Parents and Friends in the district. If they must move they have 95% of the community to move to, including the other side of the streets that border the four blocks of the Central Business District.
Yes on Measure U also protects and preserves our small business district for business and tourism, safety and cleanliness. Yes on U preserves the pedestrian friendly character of the district.
Yes on Measure U demands responsible use of tax dollars and the highest quality of services for our most needy and vulnerable.
For over 2 million tax dollars homeless clients should be getting more than 10 beds! This is what MCHC with the help of Fort Bragg City Government has spent in the past couple of years, about $200,000 was for a garden (I’d love to see that financial report).
The CBD is a very small neighborhood -- 4 blocks-in the Commercial District -- zoned for commerce.
Measure U sets reasonable limits on land use in this neighborhood that benefit everyone not just a select, special few.
Measure U insists on compliance with the city’s Municipal Code, General Plan and Economic Development Plan. City government needs to follow these rules and stop bending them for special interest groups.
Measure U makes the point that there aremore and better locations in Fort Bragg for social services outside of the Central Business District’s few blocks.
Service organizations that moved into the district after January 1, 2015 knew that Measure U was going on the ballot in 2016, namely the project in the Old Coast Hotel and they chose to gamble.Case law supports retroactive enforcement when this law passes.
Supporters of Measure U support all social services organizations and want the best services our clients.
Measure U supports professional, appropriately located services for our vulnerableneighbors.
Measure U does not hurt or exclude anyone from the community, it is a new zoning rule that promotes the welfare of the whole community not just one part of the population. The civil rights issues raised are a misinterpretation of the laws they are citing according to what I read.
Measure U makes a positive change for everyone including small business, tourists, property owners, social service organizations, children, elders, and the disabled; everyone who lives in Fort Bragg and visits herebenefits from this change.
U Can Make a Difference in Fort Bragg and Yes is the Smart Choice for U!
And by the way Measure U opponents:
We were told that it is unlawful to leave flyers on doors in the City of Fort Bragg by residents who have run campaigns in the past. The people from Little River and Mendocino knocking on doors in Fort Bragg probably don’t know that. It is also unlawful to remove Yes on Measure U signs from people’s yards. The signs belong to the campaign and removal of them constitutes trespassing and theft. Aggressive solicitation is also unlawful, for example: multiple phone calls to a one business person insisting they remove a sign meets the criteria for aggressive solicitation and is reportable to the police.
Please return any signs you walked away with on Saturday, April 16, 2016 by messaging Yes on Measure U Fort Bragg CA at facebook.com; we’d be happy to come and pick them up, people want them.
Let’s educate ourselves about the rules of the campaign and “play fair.” We are all neighbors and want to debate this issue with civility and fairness for all.