Monday, October 31, 2005

"It’s Frightening" Happy Halloween!

From Rock My Car Dot Com link

It’s not about money
Ecke proponents dodge the real issues
October 28th, 2005

“I’m not going to sell my assets to save this business,” Paul Ecke III told the Union-Tribune recently. “It would be foolish to do that.”

If it would be foolish for Ecke to sell assets to save his poinsettia ranch, then it’s insane for the city to give up its assets to do the same. If he won’t, then neither should we.

Ecke and his crew pushing Proposition A — which asks the city to rezone half of his land to make room for 101 houses — have said opponents are hung up on the load of cash the Ecke family has amassed over the years. “To grade me on how much in assets I have is ridiculous,” Ecke said. “It’s frightening that a successful businessman is being attacked.”

The Union-Tribune, in yet another display that the paper has no grasp on what happens north of Highway 52, joined the fray in an editorial — accusing the “No on A” crowd of being envious and attempting to bilk Ecke Ranch for more than the proposed 8-acre park. Where did they get that?

The opposition to Prop. A is not about Ecke’s bank account. It’s not really about the flowers, either. We’re not after any more from Ecke or his ranch, and we’re not attacking him because of his success.

It’s about preserving one of the last pieces of agriculturally zoned land in the city for something other than houses. Most of the nursery and farming facilities in Encinitas are operating on land already zoned for residential. Some day very soon those greenhouses will be homes.

In an area overrun by sprawl, the remaining land zoned for agriculture is a jewel, an asset to the city. In fact, Ecke agreed to keep that land as agricultural in 1994.

Ecke says he needs the profits from the housing development to modernize his farm. Opponents have asked him to prove it — and rightly so.

When college students apply for government loans, they have to prove their need. The same is true for people who apply for Medicare, welfare or any other government subsidy.

That’s the only reason money is in this debate. We don’t fault Ecke for his success. But he is asking the residents of Encinitas to give up a city asset to “save” his business. It’s only right that we should ask him to verify his need.

The attempt by the Union-Tribune, Ecke and the “Yes on A” folks to obfuscate the real issues surrounding Proposition A is shameless, and you shouldn’t be fooled.

They’re only trying to distract attention from the fact that the ranch won’t show us that it really needs to develop the land to remain competitive. They’re dodging the fact that Ecke refuses to use his own assets.

After all, if Ecke won’t use his resources to “save” his business, then why should we?



  2. Naw.
    that won't work. His nuts are protected from all the cash bloating his pockets. Nothing wrong with being rich, but there is something stinky about pretending you're poor when you are the richest family in the City.

    I can't remember, why won't he use the profits from the Ecke Ranch Development/Ranch Shopping Center to modernize? They have the money, do they think the voters don't remember the promises?

  3. Be Happy: Vote No on ANovember 02, 2005 3:00 PM

    Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween. Spooky what Eckes are trying to pull off on us.

    Yes, Ecke heirs, developer buddies/associates/inlaws are not keeping their agreements. They didn't keep their affordable rental agreement, either.

    Eckes think money=power=might=right. We don't have to roll over and play dead. Let's stand up for our rights. NCT was right the first time. A promise is a promise. We have a right to hold these people to their word, and the intentions of their grandfather and greatgrandfather. They moved from Eagle Rock to Encinitas because they did want to find a good place for their agricultural concerns, a quieter area, with lots of open space to raise their families.

    The true value is not profit. Let's call a spade a spade. Charity begins at home. Greed cannot be disguised as compassion or accountability, trustworthiness.

    Let's show Council we object. We don't buy into their deceits, or the delusions of their spinmaster, social climbing developer buddies.

    Oh they try to reassure us that our homes are worth so much more now. Only if we sell out. The actual value is lessened by the overpowering McMansions that shadow our once sunny gardens, the long waits in traffic on Encinitas Blvd., and many, many other streets in our once sleepy community.

    No, it won't ever be sleepy again. But we should be able to say enough is enough. We don't have the infrastructure to support the growth we have already allowed. If Northern Calif. could put a moratorium on new development, particularly subdivisions, we should be able to, also.

    Too many just shrug and say it's too late. Wake up, stand up, be counted. You can fight the big guns, the blowhards. Light a candle, say a prayer. Believe in a more harmonious future. Be the revolution in consciousness.

    Vote Nay on A!


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