Both signs speak volumes about what’s going on with Cypress Measure A.
Let’s take the signs in the order I saw them. I saw the sign on the right while driving through Cypress Far North, just off of Moody. It was one of three hand-made signs on the same property. Very nice lettering, each sign unique, a local resident who obviously was concerned about increases in traffic and the resulting increases in pollution & noise.
The other two signs on the property said
NO TRUCK ROUTE ON MOODY
NO ON A
NO TRUCK ROUTES IN CYPRESS
NO ON A
An obviously concerned citizen, and one who could at least sense the link between Measure A and increases in truck traffic throughout Cypress.
Yes on A Sign
The yes signs were more abundant once I got close to the race track property itself, and they appeared to have been planted on the fringe of private property like Costco without the owners’ permission. Same message on each sign:
No question who paid for these signs: Cypress Golf Course, an LLC. Not a citizens group, not really a group at all, just Sacramento developer Christo Bardis.
Expensive bootleg signs put up over the weekend, probably early in the morning under the cover of darkness. Lots of green, with enough eye catching yellow to make it stand out. Obviously the work of an expensive professional, just like the four full color oversized mailers Cypress voters had received at last count.
We’re supposed to trust this guy?
The worst part was the message itself:
- Jobs? Well, temporary construction jobs, possibly. Probably going to workers who commute in from the Inland Empire and points further south and east. Maybe some jobs on the 11 acre site in the middle of the Race track parking lot which some have speculated might be destined to be a truck stop/fueling station. (See “Measure 11″ on OC4us.com)
- Schools? This one’s really a stretch. We’ve had readers who actually called the Cypress School District and were told they were not aware of any additional funding from Measure A, let alone additional schools. While a small portion of any increase in property taxes will, indeed go to the schools. That should just about cover the increased costs for the students who live behind the gates in the neighborhood being promised this time, if it’s ever built. The last neighborhood proposed by Christo Bardis, one for Seniors, somehow morphed into a ProLogis Logistics site.
- Parks??? Maybe. Right now there’s a five acre parcel proposed for retail that the owner said maybe
could be a park. Plus some money might be given to improve local parks. But the truth is, the most beautiful, parklike section remaining of the old Golf Course will be bulldozed to build those new homes–and that’s the best case scenario.
The whole “Parks” thing brings back memories Friday’s flyer from Christo Bardis. which promised “MORE PARKS. MORE OPEN SPACE.” Despite the fact that Measure A is about developing 47 acres of open space. About as big a lie as you can get. (Click here to see OC4Us.com’s post on that flier, with photos of it.)
That’s my take on Cypress Measure A campaigns. Sacramento money vs. local resolve. Deception and lies vs. residents with memories and concerns about their community.
Destroying parkland vs. preserving open space.
As I’ve told people who ask me about Measure A, “If you’re Christo Bardis, vote for it. In not, vote no. Because Bardis is the only one who really benefits in the long run.”
Our kids and their kids sure don’t.
That’s my perspective, yours is welcome in a comment below. Please try to be diplomatic and use language appropriate to our family-friendly community.
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