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Letters to the Editor/Opinion

TP planners release statement on One Paseo amendment The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board recently unanimously approved the following statement on the One Paseo Precise Plan Amendment: “The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board (TPCPB) is taking this opportunity to respond to the San Diego Development Services – Carmel Valley Employment Center, Unit Two, Precise Plan Amendment (PPA) for the One Paseo Project issued March 29, 2012. As a Responsible Agency, we believe it is our obligation to provide comments to Development Services and offer our opinion to our neighboring Carmel Valley Community Planning Board. The TPCPB reserves the right to amend,

under separate cover, this document as new details and research become available up until the end of the comment period ending May 29, 2012 or as part of the administrative record after public comment is closed. “The Torrey Pines Community Plan states, “the vision of this community plan is to provide the highest possible quality of life for residents and businesses while preserving the community’s unique natural environment. The TPCPB, as a duly elected agency, is responsible to both its current residents and future generations.“ The TPCPB hopes to direct the attention of Development Services and the Carmel Valley Planning Board to some of

the key impacts the zoning change proposed by the PPA will have on its neighboring community to the west. “The PPA requests a zoning change for a 23.6-acre lot, from CVPD-EC to CVPDMC, on the northeast portion of Unit 2. The TPCPB believes that this zoning change will have far-reaching negative impacts to both communities, and adjoining regions, that will not be mitigated. The PPA presents an attractive development concept but shows it as if the proposed 23.6-acre development stands in isolation. It does not. The failure of the PPA to address the impact of the proposal on its surroundings is a fatal flaw. “The PPA fails to recog-

nize the relationship of Carmel Valley to Torrey Pines. The PPA does not address the fact that many public facilities and safety services located in Carmel Valley also serve Torrey Pines. With increased traffic it is likely that police, fire, and emergency services will have a slowed response time to Torrey Pines. An increase in traffic will also hinder access for Torrey Pines residents to shared public facilities such as the library, recreation center, parks, elementary schools and high schools. Traffic may also be expected to flow onto Torrey Pines area residential streets at peak hours, although the PPA does not address this problem. Increased side-street traffic will

How to stop obesity before it starts BY DR. JEFFREY MASON AND DONNA PINTO We have heard time and again about our nation’s obesity epidemic, and one way we can tackle the crisis is to look at where it often begins — in childhood. In California alone, more than 30 percent of children ages 10 to 17 are obese or overweight. The national trend also is alarming — the obesity rate among children and adolescents has nearly tripled since 1980. Without immediate action, these children will likely become obese adults and a recent study indicates that this is an issue of life and death. Obese children are twice as likely as their healthy-weight peers to die from disease before age 55, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. In addition, obesity is also straining our national economy with America spending $147 billion in direct health care costs associated with poor diet and physical inactivity, according to the UnitedHealth Foundation’s 2011 America’s Health Ranking®. We cannot remain idle. That’s why UnitedHealthcare is supporting six organizations in Southern California to help fight the obesity epidemic, aided by a $1,000 grant to each group through the UnitedHealth HEROES program. More than 280 schools and community-based organizations

nationwide, including 12 in California, have received UnitedHealth HEROES grants to implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity in their communities. We are encouraging youth, parents, educators and members of the community to join us in this effort. It can be as simple as the program from SuperFood Drive and their “SuperKids for SuperFoods Program,” which empowers middle school youth to lead SuperFood Drives to benefit low-income communities in need of healthy food. SuperKids were presented a tote bag filled with nonperishable SuperFoods, recipe cards and coupons to inspire 1,200 students to eat healthy at a local “highneed” middle school. This spring, students taught their peers and families about healthy eating, nutrition, label reading and how to create healthy recipes. Here are additional ideas on how to help keep kids active and eating right: Nutrition • Have your kids help in the kitchen, packing a healthy lunch or making a nutritious dinner. • Have a basket of fruit and vegetables out for kids to snack on throughout the day. • Have your kids try one new food every week; you never know if your children will like eggplant if

they don’t try it! • Experiment with smoothies. Carrots, spinach, a handful of berries and some low-fat yogurt make a delicious and nutritious treat. Kids will think it’s dessert! Activities • Encourage your child to walk or bike to school. If you drive them, arrive early and take a walk around the school before starting the day or when you pick them up at the end of the day. • Some city recreation centers have indoor pools for a nominal fee. • If you belong to a gym, take your child with you. Many gyms have a childcare center with lots of activities to entertain

kids while mom and dad are working out. • Stretch your legs and go for a hike or a walk. It’s time to empower youth as problem-solvers in the fight against childhood obesity. If we work together as a community, we can achieve our common goal of helping our children’s generation overcome obesity. To learn more about the HEROES program or how to apply for HEROES grants, visit HEROES. Dr. Jeffrey Mason is the senior medical director of UnitedHealthcare of Southern California. Donna Pinto is the resource development consultant for the SuperFood Drive in Solana Beach.

have a direct impact on our residents as well as amplify the problem of egress and delayed emergency responses. “While we commend the PPA for offering to bring a “heart to Carmel Valley” the TPCPB believes that Carmel Valley already has a “heart” that the PPA ignores. Development Unit 9, 168 acres immediately to the east of the proposed zoning area, has been zoned as a “Town Center” since 1986. Hundreds of millions of dollars, both public and private, have gone into “mixed-use” development of retail space, high-density housing, and many public facilities, including schools, a library and a recreation center. The PPA

makes scant attempt to integrate its’ proposed village with the existing adjacent Carmel Valley designated Town Center. “The TPCPB believes that a multi-use project of the scale that the proposed zoning change would allow, up to 1,800,000 s.f. and more than 4,000 parking spaces, is simply too large and will have too may unmitigated negative consequences. The TPCPB urges that the zoning of the Carmel Valley Employment Center Unit 2 remain an Employment Center and that it be restricted to fulfilling its original purpose of providing 510,000 s.f. of commercial space.” Dennis Ridz,chair, Bob Shopes, secretary

Vote ‘No’ on fundamental changes to the area Why is there so much uproar about One Paseo? Undoubtedly because it will fundamentally change the Carmel Valley-Del Mar area forever! I don’t understand why there isn’t the same uproar over the proposed Del Mar Village Specific Plan! If you read it all, it will fundamentally change the small-town village of Del Mar forever! Why are the owners of One Paseo proposing such a fundamental change? Obviously only one reason – money, at the expense of everything else! Why is the Del Mar City Council proposing such a fundamental change? Obviously only one reason – money, at the expense of everything else! These are but two strong similarities of the two

proposed projects. Others include: Neither proposal was initiated, or requested by the public; both will, logically, create traffic, parking and pedestrian havoc (unless we all give up driving in favor of walking, bike riding and taking the bus); both will block views of surrounding residents; both are intended to replicate “a large European village” (all crammed in). There are many other similarities, if you think about it, and there is nothing wrong with making money, but do areas really have to fundamentally change forever to make money, at the expense of everything else? Let’s speak out and vote “No!” Ralph Peck Del Mar


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