What Jeff Grover does not understand about the initiative process making growth decisions is that it is a last resort of a frustrated citizenry to accomplish what public officials have consistently failed to do.
Much lip service has been given to protecting the world's best farmland. Yet, most local officials either don't get it or don't seem to care. Taking money from developers, then voting for their projects confirms this suspicion.
Preserving prime farmland is about more than protecting our $2-billion-per-year industry. It is, among other things, about ensuring a stable aquifer which requires open farmland for replenishment, and about food security in an era where most of our imported food comes from China.
The mantra that growth is inevitable is a fallacy. Growth is regulated by zoning laws. Growth occurs where it is allowed. A recent Public Policy Institute study asserts, "Restricting urban development to protect farms and agricultural lands — even if it results in less housing — is favored by 65 percent of residents and 71 percent of likely voters."
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Elected officials: You have your mandate. Get cracking!