Whitburn Challengers Attack Council Incumbent On High-Rise Housing, Camping Ban, Bike Lanes
The San Diego Union Tribune, February 2, 2024
“District 3 is suffering from a saturation of density, and we don’t have the infrastructure to support it,” said Kate Callen, a North Park community activist. “Our streets are clogged, our air is dirty — it’s a mess.”
Callen was particularly critical of Whitburn for supporting the city’s Complete Communities program, which allows developers in some neighborhoods to build much larger projects than existing zoning would allow.
“Complete Communities has sent a message to corporate builders far and wide: ‘Come to San Diego, and you can build whatever you want wherever you want,’” she said. “It says, ‘You can treat us like an ATM — and don’t worry about the surrounding community, because we don’t listen to them.’”
Callen said she wants a detailed audit of the millions San Diego already spends on homelessness.
Callen said the money spent on bike lanes could have helped address bigger problems, like the clogged and failing flood control channels whose failures led to damaging flooding with the Jan. 22 storm.
Callen said she doubted that many people who work at City Hall use transit and that it would therefore be hypocritical to expect that of other people.