When Bill Fulton started work as head of San Diego's Planning Department in July 2013, the department didn't actually exist, since former Mayor Jerry Sanders had disbanded its predecessor agency and merged it into the permitting department.
Although Mr. Fulton is an intelligent, decent human being, he made some significant mistakes. 1) He should never have staked his reputation on the highly flawed Barrio Logan Community Plan. As a stake holder, I was horrified at the affordable housing bias of the proceedings; the total lack of substantiating data for the very significant charge of pollution and the adversarial relationship between many members of the stakeholders and the members of the business community. The loss by any one side was a loss for the community. I believe that a major turning point occurred when my request for a CAL/EPA investigation of the pollution charges was turned down by the planner. I made that request as a liberal environmentalist and professional scientist. 2) From my experience in San Diego, I understood that the working definition of smart growth for many of many of the members of the interested community was growth in another community. Mr. Fulton needed to make a city-wide definition!
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