Under no circumstances should the Watsonville Municipal Airport be the sacrificial lamb for low income housing or other types of development!
Watsonville Mayor Eduardo Montesino states: “A playground for rich people to have an airplane.” Not only is this a reckless, erroneous comment, it also hints of discrimination.
I do feel that there are other viable alternatives to closing a runway and as Councilman Casey Clark stated, low income housing doesn’t contribute to the tax base.
The City Council should focus less on politics and more on attracting commercial development on W. Beach Street, Lee Road, Freedom Boulevard or Riverside Drive. Residents are currently shopping elsewhere and taking tax dollars with them.
Gary V. Plomp